Chevron welcomes RJ’s final journey for Swiss Airlines

Friday 25 August, 15:21 Europe/London

Chevron Aircraft Maintenance had the honour of welcoming the Swiss AVRO RJ100 HB- IYZ which is the last of its fleet to take retirement.

The aircraft was welcomed off the runway as it made its way to the Prestwick Chevron MRO Hangar with a water cannon salute kindly facilitated by the Glasgow Prestwick Airport Fire service in recognition of the 27 years of service the aircraft has contributed to the Swiss Airline.


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The flight crew and Swiss delegates received a red-carpet reception by dignitaries from Chevron, the OEM Bae Regional Aircraft, Ayrshire Council, Glasgow Prestwick Airport and of course the local media.  The aircraft reception was suitably accompanied by a traditional Scottish piper rendition of Scotland the brave and the VIP’s were presented with a piece of original AVRO artwork designed by Holly Griffiths.

Swiss have operated the BAE 146/RJ fleet for the last 27 years which are now being replaced by the much anticipated Bombardier C-series aircraft.

For those who will miss the 146/RJ, it may be some comfort to know that the majority of the 16 strong fleet have been sold on and are now flying at various locations all over the world.  HB- IYZ is being flown to its new home in Canada via Basel from Glasgow Prestwick with a projected departure date of Friday 15 September.