After over three years of futile efforts to start operations in Venezuela, LaMia is decamping to Bolivia. The airline, then based in Mérida, acquired four Avro RJ85s from CityJet in mid-2011. Although painted in the airline’s colors, however, the four RJ85s remained in storage at Norwich as the airline’s efforts […]
Summit Air‘s new Avro RJ85, C-FLRJ (msn E2302), underwent a series of tests in early December to obtain Canadian certification for operation from gravel strips. The airline has contracted B/E Aerospace to conduct the certification process.
Swiss has retired Avro RJ100 HB-IXR (msn E3281). She operated her last flight — a roundtrip from Zürich to Genève — on 30 November. She was then ferried to Kemble on 2 December, for parting out by Chevron Technical Services. Several other RJ100s will be retired in the coming months as […]
Australia’s Cobham Aviation Services is adding former CityJet Avro RJ85 G-CDYK (msn E2329 ex EI-RJA). She had operated her last CityJet service, AF1078 from Paris CDG to Dublin, on 3 March. She was then ferried to Cranfield on 13 March, returning off-lease to Falko, taking up once again her previous […]
Air Madagascar has abandoned its plan to lease two Avro RJ85s to replace two Boeing 737-300s whose leases are expiring at the end of the year. The airline changed its mind after considering the cost of re-training its pilots and maintenance staff, none of whom have any experience with Avro […]
Ghana’s Starbow Airlines resumed operations on 4 November. Operations had been suspended in the wake of the hydraulic failure experienced by BAe 146-200 9G-SBD (msn E2059) on 28 October, to allow the airline’s remaining aircraft to be inspected. Although a statement by Deputy Transport Minister Joyce Bawa Mogtari on 29 […]
The bankruptcy of its Australian unit in May has led to the downfall of New Zealand’s Vincent Aviation. Vincent Aviation (Australia) ceased operations and was liquidated in May. According to Vincent’s founder and owner, Peter Vincent, the major reason for its problems was mining company Rio Tinto’s last-minute cancellation of […]
Southend-based Jota Aviation operated her first BAe 146 charter flight on 24 October. The airline had taken delivery of series 200 G-SMLA (msn E2047) at the end of August, following which she undertook crew training and route proving flights. She positioned to Luton and then on to Shannon on 24 […]
The lease of BAe 146-300 ZS-SOP (msn E3187) to Equatorial Guinea’s Cronos Airlines has ended. She had been flying for Cronos since 2011. She was noted at Johannesburg in late October, still wearing Cronos titles. The airline still operates series 200 3C-MAKK (msn E2069).
BAe 146-200 9G-SBD (msn E2059) of Starbow Airlines experienced hydraulic problems while operating flight S9 124 from Accra to Takoradi on 28 October. During the climb out of Accra, the landing gear would not fully retract. The crew leveled off at 6000 feet and then returned to Accra, but found that the […]