Confirmation about the possible lease of an A330 from bmi to DAT comes from today's ATWOnline. The aircraft that would be used is the one that was returned early from SAS.
Bmi, DAT discuss lease deal for grounded aircraft
Dateline: Friday February 08, 2002
Bmi british midland told ATWOnline it is negotiating with DAT to lease out some of the aircraft it grounded while shedding capacity following Sept. 11.
DAT flies to about 20 European destinations but has said it would consider operating some African routes formerly served by defunct Sabena once costs are under control. Sources close to Brussels Airport said DAT is looking to start flights to Entebbe, Kinshasa and Kigali. DAT would opt for a wet-lease arrangement initially to cut its startup investment.
"We are talking to DAT and to other airlines to lease out some of the eight aircraft we parked for the winter," a bmi spokesperson said, although she emphasised that there "is nothing to confirm yet." She acknowledged that a wet-lease agreement for flights to Africa is part of the negotiations, but cautioned that "it all depends what's on the table." Bmi initially parked A320s, A321s and 737s but some of those aircraft will be used for its low-fare carrier bmibaby, which is slated to start operations next month.