SN Brussels announces fleet replacement plans

SN Brussels Avro RJ100 OO-DWB

SN Brussels Avro RJ100 OO-DWB at Bruxelles (Guy Daems)

SN Brussels Airlines has announced plans to gradually replace its BAe 146 and Avro RJ fleet in the coming years. The airline currently operates six BAe 146-200s, fourteen Avro RJ85s, and twelve RJ100s. An evaluation is currently underway to select a new type to replace them. It is expected to be completed by the end of the year. In the meantime, the airline is about to put into the service the first of three leased Airbus A319s, which will allow it to operate routes beyond the range of the 146s and RJs. Four RJ85s will be returned to their lessors this year. The rest of the BAe 146/Avro RJ fleet will be withdrawn at the rate of about five a year. SN Brussels carried 3.2 million passengers in its first year, and is hoping to increase that number by almost 40% this year. It lost about US$3 million, far less than it originally expected, and hopes to break even this year.

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