BRA has 14 ATR 72s and 19 routes until June; the longest is 1,400+ kms

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Braathens Regional Airlines (BRA) has existed for eight years. The first commercial flight by the Swedish carrier was in February 2016. According to Planespotters.net, it now has 14 72-seat ATR 72-600s. Confusingly, they are operated by Braathens Regional Airways (also BRA), which is a Norwegian-owned Swedish operator. Both are separate from Braathens International Airways, which uses A319s/A320s on sun flights.

Nineteen routes in the first half of 2024

Some 13 of BRA’s 19 ATR 72-operated routes are from Stockholm BRA, by far the closest airport to the capital’s city centre. It has a reasonably short runway, perfectly suited to the ATR. When flights are considered, BMA is much more dominant, with Cirium showing that it has 95% of the carrier’s services.

BRA’s network covers an average of 390 kilometers, ideal for the relatively slow but cost-efficient turboprop. That is despite Gothenburg-Lyon, 1,415 kilometres apart, with the carrier’s ATR 72s replacing the leased Saab 2000s on 4 September 2023 (2-weekly). Flightradar24 shows that the ATR’s slow speed means it has, at times, taken over four hours to reach the French city.

BMA-Visby is BRA’s leading route

BRA has introduced 10 routes since 2021, of which fewer than half are still operated. Aside from the above-mentioned Gothenburg-Lyon, there is also Växjö-Kristianstad, which started on 27 August 2023 (9-weekly in March 2024), BMA-Aarhus on 12 September 2022 (5-weekly) and BMA-Helsinki on 7 November 2022 (6-weekly).

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Of these relatively new additions, only one – Växjö-Kristianstad – makes the top 10 routes list, based on March departing flights. BRA’s leading route is BMA-Visby, 190 kilometres distant. Visby is a town on the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea.

While BRA operates from BMA, SAS and Norwegian do from ARN. As Visby is a summer seasonal market, it is worth looking ahead to July. BRA will retain its 43-weekly service, while SAS will operate 18-weekly and Norwegian, which only operates in the summer, 8-weekly. Ryanair served the market until September 2023.

Top 10 BRA routes March 2024

Austrian Airlines is to wet lease two ATR 72s

Given Austrian withdrew its sole turboprop type – the Dash 8 Q400 – in 2021, it is ironic that it will wet lease two BRA ATR 72s. Taking effect on 31 March, they will partly replace E190s on nine routes, supposedly where demand has not yet recovered sufficiently. Examining Cirium data shows that the average sector length will be just 335 kilometres.

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