CityJet Avro RJ85s fly for Brussels Airlines

CityJet Avro RJ85 EI-RJY

CityJet Avro RJ85 EI-RJY landing at Bromma while operating for Brussels Airlines (Anders Nilsson)

Brussels Airlines may have retired its own Avro RJ100s last year, but Avro RJs are once again flying its routes, at least temporarily. CityJet is using its RJ85s on some of the routes it normally operates on Brussels Airlines’ behalf with Sukhoi SSJ100s. Technical problems and a lack of spare parts have often kept several of the SuperJets on the ground, resulting in numerous flight delays and cancellations, so CityJet was forced to use its RJ85s. EI-RJY (msn E2307) was the first to operate for Brussels Airlines. She positioned from Dublin to Bruxelles on 13 May, then operated a roundtrip to Stockholm Bromma that same day. She then flew roundtrips from Bruxelles to Berlin Tegel, Milano Malpensa, Stockholm Bromma, and Toulouse before returning to Dublin in the afternoon of 15 May. With SSJ100 problems persisting, EI-RJH (msn E2345) was next to be drafted to help, positioning to Bruxelles on 20 May, and operating flights to Berlin Tegel and Milano Malpensa on the following days. She was joined on 21 May by EI-RJD (msn E2334), who flew to Stockholm Bromma and Billund. EI-RJD returned to Dublin late on 22 May, but EI-RJH remained at Bruxelles to in case her services should again be needed, only returning to Dublin on 28 May. The need to base RJ85s at Bruxelles has stretched CityJet’s capacity, particularly as EI-RJW (msn E2371) was out of action for almost two weeks with technical problems. Having arrived in Firenze on 14 May as WX281, she was stranded there until 23 May. Her ferry flight back to Dublin ended up being diverted to Genova, however, and she did not make it home until 24 May. After attention by CityJet’s maintenance staff, she finally returned to service on 28 May. These capacity shortfalls have led CityJet to lease in Jota Aviation’s Avro RJ85 and BAe 146-200 several times this month.

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