Latest Turkish Airlines Avro RJ100 returned

Former THY Avro RJ100 TC-THM

Former THY Avro RJ100 TC-THM at Norwich (Steven Mills)

Turkish Airlines continues to gradually return its Avro RJ fleet to BAE Systems. Avro RJ100 TC-THM (msn E3264), who arrived at Southend on 1 February, and then continued on to Norwich, was the latest to return. During 2005, THY had already returned two RJ100s (TC-THC msn E3236 in January, TC-THO msn E3265 in October) and its three remaining RJ70s (TC-THJ msn E1230 in June, TC-THN msn E1252 in August, and TC-THI msn E1229 in November). All are currently in storage at Kemble, along with the former TC-THB (msn E3234, returned in March 2004). A deal to lease them to Flybe fell through when the airline decided to acquire Embraer 195s instead. THY still has four RJ100s (TC-THA msn E3232, TC-THD msn E3237, TC-THE msn E3238, and TC-THH msn E3243). It recently announced a search for a regional type to replace them.

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