Monthly Archives: November 2011

Last Blue1 Avro RJ85 leaves Helsinki

The last of Blue1‘s Avro RJ85s has left Helsinki. All five of the airline’s remaining RJ85s were parked at Helsinki from early September, after they were withdrawn from service to make way for Boeing 717s. They have since gradually been ferried to the Kemble for continued storage. OH-SAK (msn E2389) […]

Blue1 RJ85 OH-SAP

Conair takes Avro RJ85

Canada’s Conair Group has taken delivery of a former Lufthansa Avro RJ85, probably for conservion to air tanker. N839AC (msn E2270 ex D-AVRI) had flown her last service in December 2010, and then been stored at Köln. After handback maintenance at Stansted in April 2011, she was placed in storage […]

Albanian Airlines grounded

Citing safety concerns, the Albanian Civil Aviation Authority revoked the operating certificate of Albanian Airlines on 11 November, grounding the airline. Albanian operated three BAe 146s: a series 200 (ZA-MAL, msn E2054) and two series 300s (ZA-MAN, msn E3203, and ZA-MEV, msn E3197). Albanian rejected the allegations of unsafe practices, and […]

Starbow extends services

New Ghanaian airline Starbow has added two new destinations. The airline commenced operations on 26 September, with a flight from Accra to Kumasi, which is now operated three times daily. It added a daily flight to Tamale in early November, and then a daily flight to Takoradi on 8 November. […]

Airlink Avro RJ makes emergency landing

Airlink Avro RJ85 ZS-SSH (msn E2285) landed at Johannesburg with its nosewheel retracted on 11 November, suffering minor damage. The crew reported nose gear problems soon after departing Johannesburg Tambo International on flight 4Z 8739 to Pietermaritzburg, and decided to return to Johannesburg. However, they did not get a gear […]

Airlink Avro RJ85 ZS-SSH

Namib Air Express launch delayed

Opposition from Namibia’s national airline, Air Namibia, has stymied Namib Air Express‘s plans to launch low-cost services from Windhoek’s close-in Eros Airport to South African destinations using leased BAe 146s. The original early September start date was pushed back to mid-October, but that date has also fallen through. The airline […]