First Avro RJ100 delivered to North Cariboo Air

North Cariboo RJ100 G-BZAZ

RJ100 G-BZAZ returns to Kemble after painting in North Cariboo colors at Hurn (Graham Wasey)

Canada’s North Cariboo Air has taken delivery of the first of two Avro RJ100s. G-BZAZ (msn E3369) had been in storage at Kemble since she was returned off-lease by BA CityFlyer in May 2010. After pre-delivery maintenance by Chevron Technical Services, she was flown to Hurn on 25 September for painting, returning to Kemble in full North Cariboo colors on 4 October. After some further work by Chevron, she departed Kemble for Canada on 13 December, now registered C-GSUI, making the trip to Calgary in a single day. She will replace the airline’s sole BAe 146-200, G-GRNT (msn E2140). North Cariboo also recently took delivery of former Atlantic Airways RJ85 OY-RCD (msn E2235). She operated her last flight, FLI7399 from Manchester to Vágar, on 11 November, and then departed Vágar for Canada on 11 December. She is not, however, destined to join North Cariboo’s fleet, having been acquired to serve as a source of spares for C-GSUI and the airline’s second RJ100, G-POWF (msn E3373). The latter had been operated by Titan Airways on contract to the UK’s Ministry of Defence in the Middle East. She returned to Stansted on 29 September and was then ferried to Kemble the following day. She is now being prepared for North Cariboo by Chevron Technical Services, and is due for delivery early next year.

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