BAE Systems postpones plans for Avro RJ freighter conversions

Avro RJ100 Freighter

Impression of an Avro RJ100 Freighter at work (BAE Systems Regional Aircraft)

BAE Systems Regional Aircraft is postponing plans to launch a new program to convert Avro RJ passenger aircraft to freighters, aimed particularly at the RJ100. BAE Systems had announced it was exploring launching the program last August, indicating that it would need a firm order for 10 conversions before launching the program. In a statement, the company said that “There was some serious market interest; however we were not able to attract sufficient commitment to justify setting up a conversion production line which could generate the economies of scale required.” In particular, ASL’s recent decision to dispose of the eight BAe 146-300QTs operated by its ASL Airlines Spain subsidiary on behalf of FedEx “has had a significant impact on the Avro RJ100 freighter launch.” The company indicated that the program could be revived if market conditions improve. 

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