Cello receives Avro RJ85

Cello Aviation RJ85 G-LENM

Cello Aviation’s RJ85 G-LENM at Stockholm Arlanda for her second charter; can you spot the “operated by Cello Aviation” sticker? (Simon De Rudder)

Birmingham-based Cello Aviation has added an Avro RJ85 to its fleet. G-LENM (msn E2273) is a former Brussels Airlines example, having flown with that airline as OO-DJL until December 2011. She has been in storage at Kemble since then, eventually being registered G-CGYR. Earlier this year, she received pre-delivery maintenance from Chevron Aviation Services and was then flown to Norwich for painting, emerging in an anonymous all-white scheme. She was registered as G-LENM to Chevron Aircraft Maintenance Ltd on 4 March; Cello will operate her on Chevron’s behalf. The registration was then transferred to Cello Aviation on 4 April, by which time she had acquired a small “operated by Cello Aviation” sticker next to the front door. Cello will operate G-LENM on ad-hoc charters and ACMI work. She is configured with 82 seats, thus providing a comfortable but less luxurious complement to Cello’s 46-seat BAe 146-200, G-RAJJ (msn E2108). G-LENM flew he first charter on 5 April, transporting the Leicester Tigers rugby team from Birmingham to Toulon. She returned on 7 April, then positioned to Stockholm Arlanda on 19 April for a charter to Hemavan and back.

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