Air Botnia orders Avro RJ85s

Finnish airline Air Botnia has announced an order for 5 Avro RJ85s to replace its six Fokker F28-4000s. Air Botnia is a wholly owned subsidiary of SAS. It operates regional services between Finland and Scandinavia. Sveneric Persson, President and CEO of Air Botnia, attributed the choice of RJ85 to the type’s comfort, operating costs, and reliability. Air Botnia’s RJ85s will be configured with 79 seats. Deliveries will begin in April 2001, and all five are due to be delivered by November. Early availability of the RJ85 was an important factor in the type’s selection, as was fellow SAS affiliate airBaltic‘s positive experience with the RJ70; indeed, many members of Air Botnia’s management had previously worked for Air Botnia. The two airlines are likely to cooperate on maintenance and other matters. Total orders for the BAe 146/Avro RJ/Avro RJX family now stand at 386, with a further six on option.

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