Mongolia’s Eznis Airways took delivery of the first of two former Lufthansa Avro RJ85s it is acquiring from BAE Systems. CityLine returned D-AVRD (msn E2257) to BAE Systems at Kemble on 3 March, at which point she became G-CGTP. On 6 June she was ferried to Norwich, and rolled out in Eznis colors as JU-9909 on 14 June. After briefly returning to Kemble, she departed on her delivery flight on 23 June, arriving in Ulanbaatar on 27 June. She has been modified to allow operation on unpaved runways. The modification provides protection from debris to the lower fuselage, landing gear, undercarriage fairing panels, and lower beacon, together with the installation of more durable antennae and a nose wheel guard fitted between the tyres to deflect debris being thrown back to the fuselage. The modification was installed by Chevron, at Kemble. The airline’s second RJ85 will be D-AVRE (msn E2261), who is currently at Kemble being prepared for service. She will become JU-9915 upon delivery. Eznis also signed a three-year ‘Total Support’ package with BAE Systems, covering JetSpares as well as ongoing Continuing Airworthiness and Technical Support.
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