Several airlines extend BAe 146 and Avro RJ leases


BAE Systems Regional Aircraft has announced several lease extensions for BAe 146s and Avro RJs in its portfolio. In the largest transaction, Sweden’s Malmö Aviation has signed long-term lease extensions on their entire fleet of nine Avro RJ100s (SE-DSO msn E3221, SE-DSP msn E3242, SE-DSR msn E3244, SE-DSS msn E3245, SE-DST msn E3247, SE-DSU msn E3248, SE-DSV msn E3250, SE-DSX msn E3255, and SE-DSY msn E3263). Under this new contract Malmö Aviation will operate the RJ100s well into the second half of the next decade. The airline is part of the Braathens Aviation group, which also includes Avro RJ operator Transwede. In a separate deal, Finland’s Blue1 has extended the lease for Avro RJ85 OH-SAL (msn E2392) into the next decade. Last October, Blue1 had already extended the leases on four other RJ85s in its fleet. At the time, the airline had indicated it was only planning to keep those four RJ85s, but it has now decided to retain a fifth examples as well. Its two other RJ85s and two RJ100s are being returned to BAE Systems. On the opposite side of the world, Australia’s National Jet Systems (NJS) has signed a long-term lease extension for BAe 146-200 VH-NJG (msn E2170). The 81-seat aircraft will replace a 72-seat series 100 on a support contract with Santos, one of Australia’s best known oil and gas companies. The recently extended contract calls for NJS to fly nine times a week between Adelaide and the Santos sites of Moomba and Ballera in the Cooper Basin. NJS operates fourteen BAe 146s and an Avro RJ70.

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