Second Avro RJ85 for Cobham


Cobham Aviation Avro RJ85 G-CIKF

Cobham Aviation Avro RJ85 G-CIKF returning to Cranfield on 8 May after painting in Cobham colors — and with the registration incorrectly painted as “G-CIFK” (Adrian Court / Eat Shoot Fly)

Cobham Aviation has added a second Avro RJ85 to its fleet. G-CIKF (msn E2287 ex OO-DJP) was the last RJ85 to be operated by Brussels Airlines. After a brief period of storage at Exeter and some attention by Flybe Engineering, she was ferried to Cranfield on 23 January for additional work. On 30 April she went to Norwich for painting, returning to Cranfield on 8 May in Cobham colors — and with the registration incorrectly painted as “G-CIFK”. After correcting the error, she departed Cranfield on 21 May for Australia. Her first stop on the ferry flight was Tiranë, Albania, to which she returned after departure due to technical problems. She resumed her ferry flight the next day, routing via Luxor and Dubai, then continuing on 23 May via Dubai, Ahmadabad, Kolkata, and U Taphao, and on 24 May to Jakarta. She reached Australia on 25 May, stopping in Denpasar before arriving in Darwin. She finally reached Adelaide on 26 May. She was re-registered as VH-NJU on 10 June. Like her sistership VH-NJW (msn E2329 ex G-CDYK), delivered in December, she is equipped with a gravel kit and will be used on FIFO flights in support of the mining industry.

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