Swiss Avro RJ100s at Zürich in December 2016

Swiss Avro RJ100s at Zürich in December 2016 (Stefano Pagiola)

In 2002, Crossair became the nucleus of Swiss, together with the rump of bankrupt Swissair, at which time the airline’s fleet included four RJ85s and fifteen RJ100s. The RJ100 fleet eventually grew to number twenty examples, while the RJ85s were sold. In 2009, Swiss chose the Bombardier CSeries to replace its RJ100s, but delays in deliveries of the new aircraft extended the RJ100’s tenure. In November 2005 it transferred its Avro RJ fleet to a new subsidiary, Swiss European, later renamed Swiss Global. The RJ100s fleet was gradually withdrawn in 2016 and 2017, replaced by Bombardier CS100 and by Embraer 190s operated by Helvetic. Avro RJ100 HB-IYZ (msn E3338) operated the airline’s last scheduled Avro RJ100 service on 14 August 2017, bringing to an end almost 28 years of operations with BAe 146s and Avro RJs.

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