Australia’s Cobham Aviation Services placed its first Avro RJ100 into service on 24 April. Configured with 99 seats, RJ100 VH-NJP (msn E3354 ex G-BZAW) will be used to carry oil exploration workers between Perth and Barrow Island, the base for Chevron Australia’s offshore Gorgon project. Because of the sensitivity of the environment on Barrow Island, both the RJ100 and its passengers will be subjected to strict quarantine procedures. Particular attention is being devoted to ensuring that no invasive species reach the island. All passengers are brought in through sterile facilities where they are carefully inspected. The RJ100 will undergo about four hours of cleaning every day, and will be checked before every flight. It is interesting to note that this is the second time the registration VH-NJP has been used, and that the previous user was another British-built four-engined airliner, a de Havilland DH-104 Heron of Heron Airways.
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