Lufthansa's last Avro leaves the fleet

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Lufthansa has retired its last BAE Systems Avro RJ85 regional jet.

The aircraft (registration D-AVRR) made its final revenue flight at subsidiary Lufthansa CityLine yesterday (27 August), flying from Munich to Cologne before being decommissioned.

The 93-seater will be replaced with slightly larger Embraer 190s and 195s that can accommodate 100 and 116 passengers respectively.

Klaus Froese, managing director of Lufthansa CityLine, said that retiring the type, which is powered by four Honeywell LF507-1F engines, was an important step in modernising the fleet.

Lufthansa introduced the RJ85 in 1994 and operated up to 18 of the type in its fleet.

However, the regional arm of Lufthansa subsidary Swiss International Air Lines still operates 20 slightly larger RJ100s, according to Flightglobal's ACAS database.