Flightlease orders 3 Avro RJ100s for operation by SABENA

SAir Group subsidiary Flightlease announced an US$80 million order for 3 Avro RJ100s on 9 September. The aircraft are due to be delivered in July, September, and October 1999, and will be leased to SABENA for operation by Delta Air Transport (DAT). DAT already operates 14 Avro RJ85s, 5 RJ100s, and 6 BAe 146s on SABENA’s behalf from the airline’s Brussels hub, with 4 more RJ100s from an earlier order still scheduled for delivery. Delivery of the Flightlease aircraft will bring SABENA’s BAe 146/Avro RJ fleet to 32. Flightlease was established in 1997 to provide a focus for lease and asset management expertise in the SAir Group which is the parent company of Swissair, Crossair, and SABENA. This order is the company’s first for regional aircraft. The Avro RJ order book now stands at 150, of which 111 have been delivered.

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