First Air Botnia Avro RJ85 delivered


Air Botnia Avro RJ85 OH-SAH

Air Botnia has taken delivery of RJ85 OH-SAH, seen here at Stansted (Mathias Henig – www.spotter.de.vu)

Finnish airline Air Botnia joined the ranks of Avro RJ operators when it took delivery of its first RJ85. OH-SAH Suur-Saimaa (msn E3282) was delivered from Woodford to Helsinki on 10 May. The SAS subsidiary placed an order for five RJ85s in September 2000, to replace its Fokker F28s. Noise considerations were a major factor in the RJ85’s selection. The noisy F28s are subject to strict curfews at many airports, and new noise rules scheduled to take effect this year will make the situation worse. The RJ85, on the other hand, will meet both the new noise rules and all anticipated future restrictions. With their 79 seats, Air Botnia’s RJ85s will also provide a capacity increase over the 67-seat F28s.

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