Cobham adds Avro RJ85

Cobham Avro RJ85 G-CDYK

Avro RJ85 G-CDYK splashes through Cranfield’s ‘splash pit’ on her return from Norwich for painting into Cobham colors; the splash pit is a shallow depression in the runway that can be filled with water for water ingestion trials, but in this case simply held the remnants of recent rain (Adrian Court / Eat Shoot Fly)

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 registration G-CDYK on 26 March. After a short period of storage, Avalon Aviation prepared her for Cobham. She was ferried to Norwich for painting on 5 November, returning to Cranfield on 14 November. She departed Cranfield on her delivery flight to Australia on 27 November. She is equipped with a gravel kit and will be operated on Cobham’s new FIFO contract from Gold Fields Australia, flying six roundtrip flights a week to the gravel strips serving Gold Fields Australia’s Granny Smith and Darlot mining sites in Western Australia.

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