February 17: German domestic carrier Lufthansa CityLine is to begin handing back its leased Avro RJ85s from the beginning of March, BAE Systems has revealed.
Lufthansa CityLine has 18 RJ85 ‘Jumbolinos’ in service and is to off-lease 13 aircraft back to BAE Systems over the next year. BAE says it will offer the aircraft on the Russian market as a replacement to “ageing” aircraft operated on domestic and regional routes in the country as the type is certificated under the Russian Interstate Aviation Committee airworthiness rules and so is capable of being operated in Russia and CIS countries.
Nigel Benson, Director Sales and Leasing for BAE Systems Asset Management said “Our offering to Russian airlines is simple. We know they urgently need capacity now as the existing aircraft will not remain in service for much longer. The RJ85 is affordable and is fully backed by us with a complete suite of support services.”