BAE Systems plans to reduce the number of idle regional jets in its inventory and also is increasingly optimistic about selling the aircraft, as corporate shuttles are expected to take off in 2011. “We had a pretty upbeat year [in 2010] and we are pretty upbeat going into 2011,” says Steve Doughty, senior vice president for sales and marketing asset management at BAE Systems Regional Aircraft. The company has about 27 idle BAe 146s or Avro RJs, but Doughty says that number should be ...

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