Thu, Feb 18, 2010
Aircraft Already Certified By Russian Interstate Aviation
BAE Systems said in Moscow Tuesday that it will offer Russian
airlines the Avro RJ85 regional jetliner as an immediate
replacement for ageing aircraft operated on domestic and regional
File Photo Avro RJ85
A fleet of 13 ex-Lufthansa RJ85s are coming back off-lease to
BAE Systems beginning in March and continuing through to
2011. This particular variant is certificated under the
Russian Interstate Aviation Committee airworthiness rules and so is
capable of being operated in Russia and CIS countries.
Russian airlines have long recognized the value and utility of
the '100-seat' regional jet sector and over 320 aircraft in this
category are currently operational, but with an average age of 22
years. Among these are nearly 200 Russian aircraft, such as the
Tupolev Tu-134 and Yakovlev Yak-42 which are nearing the end of
their useful lives, are relatively fuel inefficient and have high
operating costs and are, in some cases, noise restricted and so
unable to be operated to and from the European Union.
New modern generation Russian and CIS designed and built
replacement aircraft will not be available in the volume production
quantities necessary for some years to come. The Antonov An-148 has
only just entered service, while the Sukhoi Superjet is still going
through its certification program.
A key element of the BAE Systems offer is that while the RJ85
can provide immediate capacity to help solve airlines' needs, this
used aircraft solution is complementary to the aspirations of the
Russian aerospace industry as it gradually gears up to volume
production to offer replacement aircraft in sufficient numbers.
Nigel Benson, Director Sales and Leasing for BAE Systems Asset
Management said today: "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 BAE Systems with a complete suite of support
"The ex-Lufthansa RJ85 aircraft are naturally to a high
specification with 93 seats and are fully European Aviation Safety
Agency (EASA) compliant," he added. "They are fitted with
long-range tanks and are to a common specification. They are fully
Stage 3 noise complaint and are capable of meeting the proposed
Stage 4 limits. With a long service life remaining, they will make
ideal interim aircraft for airlines that are waiting for locally
produced aircraft to come on stream over the next five years."
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