BAe promotes Avro RJ and BAe 146 for business jet use

BAe Regional Aircraft and BAe-AMJ promoted the use of the Avro RJ and BAe 146 as business jets at the Annual Meeting and Convention of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) in Las Vegas. The Avro RJ/BAe 146 offers corporate users a spacious cabin, with almost as much interior space as the Boeing Business Jet; ability to operate from restricted airfields; and compliance with stage 3 noise rules. A new-build Avro Business Jet would cost about $26-30 million, depending on the equipment specified and the interior fittings. Conversions of existing BAe 146s would cost substantially less. Executive Aircraft Corporation exhibited a BAe 146-100 at the show; this aircraft is currently available for sale. Two BAe 146-100s have recently been sold to corporate operators — one to Moncrief Oil of Texas and one to Formula One Administration Limited of the UK. In both cases, access to restricted airports was a major factor. Other BAe 146s used in VIP roles include three series 100s operated the Royal Air Force’s No. 32 (The Royal) Squadron, one series 100 operated by the Amiri Royal Flight, and one series 200 and one RJ85 operated by Pelita Air Service of Indonesia. Although BAe 146s are in high demand, airline interest is highest for the higher-capacity series 200s and 300s. AMJ anticipates that several series 100s will become available in the coming years as airlines move up to larger versions or to new-build Avro RJs.

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