Swiss Avro RJ100 HB-IYZ (msn E3338) operated the airline’s last scheduled Avro RJ100 service on 14 August, bringing to an end almost 28 years of operations with BAe 146s and Avro RJs. HB-IYZ began the day by operating LX1612/1613 from Zürich to Milano Malpensa and back. Fittingly, her last scheduled service was a roundtrip to London City, which has long been central to Swiss Avro RJ operations. She departed Zürich on LX464 at 16:12, arriving at London City at 16:41. She then departed back to Zürich as LX465 at 17:55, landing at 20:15. Later that evening, she positioned to Genève as LX5046, then operated a special flight back to Zürich on 15 August, LX7545, carrying a mix of media professionals, staff, and other guests. Michael Weisser, Captain and Avro fleet chief, was at the controls for this final flight, with his deputy fleet chief Captain Peter Huber. “Making this final landing at our home airport aboard an Avro was a very emotional experience for me!” said Captain Weisser. HB-IYZ will not immediately retire, however, as the following days will see a a series of sightseeing flights for employees and their family and friends on 19 August and a charter flight for aviation enthusiasts, arranged by BuchAIR-Shop Glattbrugg on 20 August.
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