CityJet, a regional airline in Ireland, recently announced that it has withdrawn its only Avro RJ85 operating in the fleet.
The aircraft responsible for the last flight was the EI-RJF registration made in 1999, which completed a final flight from Dublin Airport (DUB) to Keflavík International Airport on November 2nd.
The Avro RJ85A makes a stopover in Iceland before heading to the United States. As soon as the aircraft arrives at Washington’s Spokane International Airport (GEG), it will be converted into a fire-fighting aircraft and put into service at Aero-Flite.
“The Avro BAe146 and RJ85 fleet have served us well for nearly 30 years, and some tears were shed for some today the last time EI-RJF departed. We are now looking to the future as we improve our services to more modern aircraft, but there will always be a place in our hearts for the venerable Avros, ”said Pat Byrne, CityJet’s chief executive.
The aircraft was configured with 95 seats in a single (economy) class. This aircraft was previously also in service with Mesaba Airlines and other airlines when it became part of wet leasing with CityJet in 2007.
Swiss recently stopped operating the Avro and replaced the aircraft with Embraer aircraft. CityJet did it differently, opting for the CRJ-900 aircraft in 2016, which were then manufactured by Bombardier.
The Avro will be directly replaced by the Bombardier CRJ-900, which is the only one in the CityJet fleet.