On Saturday October 28th 2017 Brussels Airlines said goodbye to its very last AVRO RJ aircraft. With scheduled flight SN2720 from Geneva to Brussels, the story of the AVRO aircraft came to an end.
The AVRO, produced by British manufacturer British Aerospace, played an important role in the growth of Brussels Airlines. When Brussels Airlines was founded 15 years ago, the aircraft fleet consisted exclusively of 32 aircraft from the AVRO family (12 AVRO RJ 100, 14 RJ 85 and 6 Bae146) which were taken over from Sabena’s daughter company DAT. Since then, 31.5 million passengers flew on a Brussels Airlines AVRO plane to a European destination.
More than 500 Belgian pilots and a thousand Cabin Crew Members once started their career on board this four-engine aircraft. All this time, a few hundred airline technicians from Brussels Airlines took care of maintenance, largely in-house.
In October 2008 the last AVRO / Bae 146 left the fleet, in 2014 the last AVRO RJ 85 left and just recently, Brussels Airlines said goodbye to the last remaining member of the family, AVRO RJ 100 with registration OO-DWD. The very last scheduled flight brought passengers to Geneva in the morning and back to Brussels Airport in the evening. Coincidentally, the very first Brussels Airlines flight in 2002 had Geneva as its destination.