BAE Systems denies plans to revive Avro RJX

The surprise resignation of BAE Systems Chief Executive John Weston, the bankruptcy of Fairchild Dornier, which places its 728 regional jet program in jeopardy, and the revival of the global economy, have led to numerous rumors that BAE Systems was re-thinking its abrupt cancellation of the Avro RJX program. The RJX had been only a few months short of certification when BAE Systems pulled the plug in late November 2001. But BAE Systems scotched these rumors in a press briefing that detailed its post-RJX plans in the commercial airline market. The company will focus its regional aircraft activities on three programs, Customer Support, Engineering, and Asset Management, managed by newly appointed Managing Director Alan Fraser. The Asset Management business will focus on ensuring that the company’s large portfolio of aircraft, including a large number of BAe 146s and Avro RJs, remains profitably employed, while the Customer Support business will concentrate on providing spares and other support to operators. The Engineering business will work on improvements and modifications for the in-service fleet.

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