Brussels Airlines operates last Avro RJ100 service

Brussels Airlines Avro RJ100 OO-DWD

It’s over! Brussels Airlines Avro RJ100 OO-DWD on the ramp at Bruxelles after her last commercial service, SN2720 from Genèva. One of the CityJet Sukhoi SSJ100s that is replacing Brussels’ Avro RJs on some regional routes is visible at right. (Stefano Pagiola)

Brussels Airlines operated its last Avro RJ100 commercial services on 28 October. RJ100 OO-DWD (msn E3324) started her day operating SN2713 to Genève, piloted by Captains Sven Peeters and Ben Teugels. She then operated a roundtrip to Palma de Mallorca on behalf of Swiss as LX2162/2163, so that 28 October also marked the last RJ100 operation for the Swiss airline, albeit not on its own metal. On returning to Genève in late afternoon, however, she had to divert to Lyon, as a business jet had a landing accident at Genève and blocked the runway. With the same crew having flown OO-DWD since the morning, there was a danger that it might run out of time if the delay persisted, forcing a cancellation of the last scheduled service. Fortunately, however, the delay proved short-lived, and after a little over an hour in Lyon, OO-DWD was able to proceed to Genève. OO-DWD was fully booked for her last service, SN2720, with enthusiasts and airline officials filling all the seats that had not been taken by regular passengers — this site’s editor was among the passengers. She took off from Genève at 18:29 — fittingly, just as the sun was setting. On board, passengers were treated to Champagne and offered final flight certificates. It was dark as OO-DWD made her final approach to Bruxelles a little over an hour later, making a low pass over the airport infeasible. OO-DWD touched down at Bruxelles at 19:38, bringing to an end just short of 28 years of BAe 146 and Avro RJ operations. As the passengers deplaned, the airline invited the enthusiasts to remain on board for pictures with the crew. The airline also prepared a commemorative video to celebrate the last flight (but, historians please note, the video was not filmed on the last flight itself).

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