Last production Avro RJ delivered


An era came to an end of 26 November, when Air Botnia took delivery of the last Avro RJ produced. The aircraft, Avro RJ85 msn E2394 has been built in April 2002, making her first flight on 24 April of that year. She had then been stored, initially at Woodford and then at Filton, together with three other unsold RJs — another RJ85 and two RJ100s. Air Botnia bought all four earlier this year, and they were flown to Exeter for customization by Flybe Aviation Services prior to delivery. The other three were delivered in late October and early November as OH-SAP Oulujarvi, painted in the new colors of Blue1 — the new name Air Botnia will adopt from 1 January. To mark the end of the BAe 146 and Avro RJ production program, E3294 was flown from Exeter to BAE Systems Regional Aircraft’s facilites. She first overflew Weybridge, site of the European Spares Logistics Centre, and Hatfield, home of BAE Systems Asset Management and site of the initial BAe 146 production line. She then proceeded to Woodford, where she had been built, and now home of the Customer Training and Engineering unit, and landed there. A final stop was made at Prestwick, headquarters of Regional Aircraft and centre for customer Support and Engineering. Under the command of Captain Pauli Perttula, she was then delivered to her new home in Helsinki.

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