CityFlyer re-orders Avro RJs, adds RJX options

British Airways franchise carrier CityFlyer has placed a firm order for an additional six Avro RJ100s and options for six Avro RJX100s. The six Avro RJ100s will be delivered between November 2000 and April 2001, bringing CityFlyer’s fleet of RJ100s to 16. CityFlyer first ordered Avro RJ100s in 1997, and has since placed additional orders at regular intervals. A further repeat order from CityFlyer had long been expected, but had been delayed by management and strategy changes at British Airways. The new RJ100s will replace ATR42s and 72s on routes from the airline’s Gatwick base. Although a plan to take over routes currently operated by mainline British Airways has been abandoned, CityFlyer is likely to take over routes to Bordeaux and Toulouse from former British Airways subsidiary Air LibertĂ© (which has been sold to SAir Group). That the RJX-100 commitment is an option rather than a firm order is no doubt a disappointment to BAE Systems, but so far CityFlyer has taken up all the options it has previously placed. The order brings total sales of the BAe 146/Avro RJ/Avro RJX family to 381 aircraft.

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