Brussels Airlines to retire its Avro RJ100s within two years

Brussels Airlines Avro RJ100s

Brussels Airlines RJ100s will soon no longer be a common sight at Bruxelles (Darren Smith)

Brussels Airlines has announced that it will retire its twelve Avro RJ100s by the end of 2017, returning them off-lease to Falko. The airline had been thought likely to follow the example of other Lufthansa subsidiaries by ordering either Bombardier CSeries or Embraer E-Jets to replace its Avro RJ100s. In the end, however, it decided to acquire additional Airbus A319s and A320s, which are currently available at low prices, and to contract out to other airlines any routes requiring smaller aircraft — in the same way that it already leases an Embraer ERJ 145 from bmi regional and two Bombardier Q400s from Flybe. The first RJ100 is likely to leave the fleet in April-May 2016, and three more will follow by the end of the summer season.

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