Cello ceases operations


Birmingham-based Avro RJ operator Cello Aviation ceased operations on 12 October. Cello had been operating Avro RJ100 G-ILLR (msn E3379) on behalf of Air France subsidiary Hop!, but the aircraft had twice been grounded for extended periods by technical problems, and the airline’s Boeing 737 had been covering for her. The 737 and RJ100 G-ILLR were both ferried home on 12 October, and G-ILLR was then ferried to Cranfield. Cello began operations in 2010, with BAe 146-200 G-RAJJ (msn E2108) in a VIP configuration. Avro RJ85 G-LENM (msn E2273) was added in 2013, but then returned off-lease in 2015. G-ILLR had been added in January, and G-RAJJ was sold off shortly thereafter.

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