Braathens Malmö to acquire former SAM Avro RJ100s

Swedish airline Braathens Malmö Aviation is set to acquire the nine former SAM Colombia RJ100s, which are being returned off-lease to BAe due to poor economic conditions in Colombia. The aircraft will supplement and replace Braathens Malmö’s current fleet of BAe 146-200s, providing greater capacity. Earlier, Malmö had negotiated to acquire China Northwest‘s fleet of BAe 146-300s, but the deal fell through. Several former SAM aircraft are now at Avrotec in Woodford for overhaul. Braathens Malmö is scheduled to receive the first on 5 November, and plans to place it in service on 15 November, replacing the airline’s sole Boeing 737. Two more RJ100s will arrive by year’s end, and all nine should be in service by next July. Braathens Malmö crews are currently undergoing simulator training with Turkish Airlines in Istanbul.

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