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.
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.