Brussels Airlines says goodbye to its AVRO regional jets

At the end of October, Brussels Airlines says goodbye to her very last AVRO RJ plane. With a last scheduled flight to and from Geneva comes an end to the story of the AVRO, which played an important role in the development of Brussels Airlines.

On October 28, Brussels Airlines turns an important page in its history book. With flight SN2720 Geneva-Brussels, the airline operates its very last scheduled flight with the AVRO jet.

Produced by the British manufacturer British Aerospace, the AVRO has played an important role in the growth of Brussels Airlines. When the airline was founded fifteen years ago its fleet consisted exclusively of 32 AVRO type aircraft (12 AVRO RJ100, 14 RJ85 and 6 Bae146) that were acquired from Sabena subsidiary DAT.

Since then, 31.5 million passengers have flown on board a Brussels Airlines AVRO jet to a European destination.

More than 500 Belgian pilots and a thousand Cabin Crew Members started their career on board the four-engine plane. Several hundred Brussels Airlines aircraft engineers have been responsible for the planes’ maintenance.

In October 2008 the last AVRO/Bae146 left the fleet, in 2014 the company said goodbye to its last AVRO RJ85. At the end of October it’s the last family member that leaves the company, AVRO RJ100 with registration OO-DWD (Delta-Whiskey-Delta). The very last scheduled flight brings passengers to Geneva in the morning and returns to Brussels Airport in the evening. Nice to know: the very first Brussels Airlines flight in 2012 also took off in direction of Geneva.

Until the end of October, OO-DWD will be operated on a daily basis in Brussels Airlines’ flight schedule. Those who still want to fly on board the plane can do so. On Saturdays for example, a day trip to Geneva is possible with OO-DWD on flights SN2713 BRU-GVA in the morning and back on SN2720 in the evening. On weekdays the aircraft is regularly used for scheduled flights to Warsaw (departure Brussels at 9h30), Basel (departure Brussels at 16h05) and Copenhagen (departure Brussels at 19h30).


Note to editorial offices:

Brussels Airlines has kept a very limited number of seats on the last commercial flight (28 October) reserved for media. On 29 October, the Brussels Airlines employees say goodbye to the AVRO RJ at an event in the Brussels Airlines maintenance hangar. Several captains who have flown for years with the Avro will also be present. Also for this event, the media are welcome. For requests, please contact the Communications department.

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Brussels Airlines is the home carrier of Belgium and one of the four network airlines of the Lufthansa Group. It connects the European capital from Brussels Airport with over 85 destinations, 17 of which are in Sub Saharan Africa. The company employs more than 3,300 people and operates 43 aircraft.

Brussels Airlines aims to emit 50% less CO2 by 2030 compared to 2019 and plans to be carbon neutral by 2050. The airline is participating in the Stargate Project led by Brussels Airport and is therefore part of the testing ground for sustainable aviation at its home base. In addition, the airline signed the Circular Economy agreement of the Antwerp Management School in 2021. The airline was the first to transport Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) through the CEPS-pipeline connecting Brussels Airport early 2023. By end 2024, Brussels Airlines will have welcomed five state-of-the-art Airbus A320neo allowing the airline to significantly lower its CO2- and noise-emissions on its medium-haul network.

As an ambassador of its country, Brussels Airlines brings the world to Belgium and the best of Belgium to the world, among others through collaborations with Belgian Star Chefs, Belgian culinary products and the Belgian Icons, specially painted aircraft that honour a Belgian iconic person, team or event to promote Belgian culture worldwide.

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