TezJet acquires Avro RJ85 from Ellinair


Ellinair Avro RJ85 SX-EMS

Ellinair Avro RJ85 SX-EMS at Corfu shortly before being withdrawn from use (Michel Koster)

Kyrgyz airline TezJet has acquired Avro RJ85 SX-EMS (msn E2296) from Greek airline Ellinair. She operated her last service for Ellinair on 24 September, flying from Athens to Santorini and then on Thessaloniki as EL818/EL19. Now registered EX-27003, she departed Thessaloniki for Kyrgyzstan on 30 September, routing via Aktau, Kazakhstan. TezJet already operates BAe 146-200 EX-27002 (msn E2172); it is not known whether EX-27003 will complement or replace her. Parent company Avia Traffic Company also has another BAe 146, series 200 EX-27007 (msn E2180), but she is believed to be stored at Bishkek. Ellinair’s second RJ85, SX-EMI (msn E2305), is also for sale.

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