Go-ahead for Avro RJX

BAE Systems has formally launched its new Avro RJX. Taking advantage of the RJ Summit Meeting at London City Airport, Mike O’Callaghan, Managing Director for Regional Aircraft, announced the formal launch of the Avro RJX family of regional jet airliners. Although no orders were announced, Mr. O’Callaghan expressed confidence that initial orders for the type would be finalized in the near future. The first two RJXs are currently under assembly at Woodford, with the first scheduled to be rolled out this summer and to make her first flight in the fall. A more intensive flight test program is now being planned than had originally been anticipated, so that some improvements which had been planned for later in the program will be available from the start. Initial deliveries are scheduled for September 2001.

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