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Brit Air (short for Brittany Air International)[2] was a regional airline based at Morlaix Airport in Ploujean, Morlaix, Brittany, France,[3] operating scheduled services as an Air France franchise from Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport, Paris-Orly Airport and Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport.[4]

Brit Air
IATA ICAO Callsign
Commenced operations1975
Ceased operationsApril 2017[1]
HubsLyon-Saint Exupéry
Orly Airport (Paris)
Charles de Gaulle Airport (Paris)
Frequent-flyer programFlying Blue
AllianceSkyTeam (Affiliate)
Fleet size39
Parent companyAir France-KLM
HeadquartersMorlaix Airport
Morlaix, France
A Brit Air Bombardier CRJ100 landing (2007).

The airline, along with Régional and Airlinair, was fully merged in HOP! since 2017 after a year of negotation process.[1]


The airline was established in 1973 and started operations in 1975. It was founded to provide services for business executives from western France, and introduced regular flights to London Gatwick in 1979. On 1 December 1995, Brit Air signed a franchising agreement with Air France Europe. It became a wholly owned subsidiary of Air France in October 2000. It employs 1,260 staff.[4]

Since 31 March 2013, all Brit Air flights are operated under HOP! name, Air France's new regional brand name.[5]

Brit Air ceased all flight operations in March 2017 after its merger in HOP!.[1][6]



In August 2019, the Brit Air fleet consisted of the following aircraft with an average age of 10.6 years:[7]

Brit Air fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
Bombardier CRJ700 8 0 70
Bombardier CRJ1000 14 0 100
Total 36

Fleet developmentEdit

Over the years, the airline has operated various aircraft types including:[2][8]

Brit Air historic fleet
Aircraft Introduced Retired
ATR 42 1986 2005
ATR 72 1991 2003
Bombardier CRJ100 1995
Bombardier CRJ700 2001
Bombardier CRJ900 2010 2011
Bombardier CRJ1000 2010
Fairchild Hiller FH-227
Fokker F27 Friendship
Fokker F28 Fellowship
Fokker 100 1999 2011
Saab 340 1987 1998

Incidents and accidentsEdit

On 22 June 2003, Air France Flight 5672(fr) from Nantes to Brest, which was operated by a Brit Air CRJ100, crashed 2.3 miles short of the runway when attempting to land at Brest Bretagne Airport at 23:55 local time, resulting in the death of the captain. The aircraft involved (registered F-GRJS) subsequently caught fire (after all 21 passengers on board had been evacuated) and was damaged beyond repair. The most probable cause of the accident was declared to be pilot error, as the instrument approach had not been executed correctly.[9][10]


  1. ^ a b c "Air France: les salariés de la filière Hop! poursuivent leur grève, des vols annulés". BFM TV (in French). 8 April 2017. Retrieved 23 September 2019.
  2. ^ a b Information about Brit Air at the Aero Transport Sata Bank
  3. ^ "Mentions Légales Archived 2010-01-23 at the Wayback Machine." Brit Air. Retrieved on 9 September 2010. "Adresse: Brit Air aéroport CS 27925 29679 MORLAIX cedex Tél : 02 98 63 63 63"
  4. ^ a b "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 27 March 2007. pp. 88–89.
  5. ^ "Air France Launches New Low-Cost Airline 'Hop!' Archived 2013-06-16 at" Reuters. 26 March 2013. Retrieved on 26 April 2013.
  6. ^ "Air France va fusionner ses filiales régionales sous la bannière Hop !". Les Echos (in French). 16 July 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2019.
  7. ^ Brit Air fleet list at Retrieved 13-08-2019
  8. ^ Brit Air fleet list at
  9. ^ Air France Flight 5672 at the Aircraft Safety Network
  10. ^ Official BEA report on Air France Flight 5672

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