Now that it is taking delivery of Bombardier CS100s, Swiss has resumed the process of retiring its Avro RJ100s. The airline had already retired four examples by September 2015. All four have since been parted out. Following the delivery of its first CS100, RJ100 HB-IXQ (msn E3282) was withdrawn in June, and was sold to lessor Tronos. HB-IXV (msn E3274) was the next to be withdrawn, in September, and was then also sold to Tronos. The latest to be withdrawn was HB-IYS (msn E3381). She operated her last service, LX1663 from Milano Malpensa to Zürich, and was then ferried to Norwich on 4 October. Following hand-back maintenance, she was ferried to Cranfield on 20 October, still wearing the ‘Zurich Airport Shopping Paradise’ special colors. Other RJ100s will be retired soon, although delays in CS100 deliveries may give them a brief respite. Bombardier expects to deliver only seven CS100s and CS300s by year’s end—eight less than planned—due to delays in the deliveries of the type’s Pratt & Whitney PW1100G engines.
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