Ex-Lufthansa RJ85s offered to Russian Airlines
A fleet of 13 ex-Lufthansa RJ85s are coming back off-lease to BAE Systems beginning in March, and the manufacturer announced today that it will offer Russian airlines the regional jetliner as an immediate replacement for ageing aircraft operated on domestic and regional routes.
Russian airlines have long recognised 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.
A key element of the BAE Systems offer is that whilst 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.