Lufthansa commits to Avro RJ operations

Lufthansa decided that its subsidiary CityLine will continue to operate its fleet of 18 Avro RJ85s well into the second half of the decade. The RJ85s had been due to be replaced by the Fairchild Dornier 728s Lufthansa had ordered, but the manufacturer’s bankruptcy has ended that plan. Cityline took delivery of the RJ85s between 1994 and 1997. The airline has hitherto operated its RJ85s in a five-abreast, but is switching to a six-abreast layout to increase capacity from 85 to 100 seats.

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