Last month Swiss retired their last Avro RJ100 after decades of service. It was a sad moment for us avgeeks, but from a passenger and environmental perspective, it was for the better. The airline replaced their four-engined jets with new Bombardier C-Series aircraft.
This leaves Brussels Airlines, CityJet and BRA as the last remaining operators in Europe. Both CityJet and BRA have plans to replace them soon. The next airline to phase them out completely, though, will be Brussels Airlines. Per @Airlineroute, Brussels Airlines will operate their last Avro RJ100 flight from Brussels to Geneva on October 28, 2017.
brussels airlines set to operate last Avro RJ100 scheduled flight on 28OCT17, Brussels – Geneva
— Airlineroute (@Airlineroute) September 10, 2017
As you can see, their Avros have a little over six weeks left to enjoy flying around Europe before they retire. Just a few years ago these aircraft were the backbone of Brussels Airlines’ short-haul fleet, though the A320 family has replaced them. They also operate three wet leased Sukhoi Superjets as of September 2017. Eventually, the Airbus fleet will go to Eurowings, so an all-Airbus fleet makes sense from that standpoint.
As someone who grew up in a city that was exclusively served by Avros from Brussels, I can’t say I’m sad to see them go. The cabin is falling apart and the engines are much louder than we’re used to nowadays.
If you want to fly this beauty before it retires, you’ll have to be quick. Now would be a good time to book a ticket on the final flight to Geneva if you’re interested!