Sky Wings to take over Aegean Avro RJ100s

Aegean RJ100 SX-DVC arrives at Manchester

Aegean RJ100 SX-DVC arrives at Manchester for repainting (Shaun Connor)

Aegean Airlines has sold its four remaining Avro RJ100s to Greek charter operator Sky Wings. The transaction was arranged by Skyworld Aviation and Prisma Aviation Services. Sky Wings is also acquiring a large package of spare parts and tooling. Aegean will provide training and maintenance support to Sky Wings during the phase-in period of the RJ100s. Aegean used the RJ100s to begin scheduled services, placing an initial order for two in 1999. Its fleet eventually grew to six examples. The airline has since grown considerably, through internal growth and through mergers, and is now the largest airline in Greece by number of passengers, with a large fleet of Airbus A320 family airliners. However, poor economic conditions in Greece and the rejection of its proposed merger with Olympic Airways are leading it to trim its fleet. Two of the RJ100s intended for Sky Wings have recently been withdrawn from use. SX-DVC (msn E3358) was ferried to Stansted for maintenance on 7 February, continuing on to Manchester for painting on 9 March. She returned to Greece, now painted all white, on 15 March. She was pressed briefly back into service, operating several flights between 16 and 21 March, before being parked. Sistership SX-DVD (msn E3362) flew her last service on 25 February, and was ferried to Stansted on 9 March, and then on to East Midlands on 24 March. She returned to Greece on 1 April, and was parked at Athens. The remaining two RJ100s, SX-DVA (msn E3341) and SX-DVB (msn E3343), will continue operating for Aegean for a few more months before being delivered to Sky Wings.

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