Last Swiss Avro RJ100 departs Zürich

Swiss Avro RJ100 HB-IYZ

Groundcrew wave goodbye to Swiss Avro RJ100 HB-IYZ prior to her last departure from Genève on 15 August; one of the airline’s new Bombardier CS300s is visible in the background (Jean-Luc Altherr)

Swiss Avro RJ100 HB-IYZ (msn E3338) was ferried from Zürich to Prestwick as LX5210 on 22 August for maintenance prior to being returned off-lease. She operated her last commercial service on 14 August. That evening, she positioned to Genève as LX5046 and then operated a special flight back to Zürich, LX7545, on 15 August. She then operated a series of sightseeing flights for employees and their family and friends from Zürich (LX7540, LX7541, and LX7543) on 19 August, and finally a charter flight for aviation enthusiasts (WK2017), arranged by BuchAIR-Shop Glattbrugg, on 20 August. As part of the retirement ceremonies, the airline posted an amusing video showing an RJ100 giving tips to one of the airline’s new Bombardier CS100s, who are replacing the RJ100s in Swiss’ fleet. Despite HB-IYZ’s departure, the RJ100 has not entirely disappeared from Swiss’ schedule: a Brussels Airlines RJ100 continues to operate a roundtrip from Genève to Calvi on behalf of Swiss (LX2324/LX2325) on Saturdays. On 24 August, OO-DWC (msn E3322) did the honors.

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