Brussels Airlines retires its last Avro RJ85 … again

Brussels Airlines has once again retired Avro RJ85 OO-DJP (msn E2287) — for good, this time. After being retained long after her sisterships had been returned off-lease, she was to have been retired last October. Instead, her lease was extended and she returned to service at the end of the year. She resumed her busy schedule, operating multiple sectors on most days. The end finally came, again, on 19 September, after she operated SN3157/SN3158 from Bruxelles to Milano Malpensa and back. She was ferried to Exeter on 4 October for handback maintenance, bringing to an end over 18 years of service in Belgian skies. OO-DJP had been delivered to Delta Air Transport (DAT) in May 1996. She had been operated on behalf of SABENA until that airline’s collapse in November 2001. She then operated for DAT itself, and was passed on to SN Brussels Airlines in 2002, and then to Brussels Airlines in 2007. Brussels Airlines still operates 12 RJ100s.

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