On Tuesday 22nd August Chevron Aircraft Maintenance had the honour of accepting the last Swiss AVRO RJ100 HB- IYZ into their Prestwick Hangar for its final Check flying under the now iconic Swiss Banner.
In recognition of the 27 years of service, the aircraft was welcomed into the Chevron MRO facility with a water cannon salute kindly assisted by the Prestwick Airport Fire team. The flight crew and Swiss delegates received a red-carpet reception, received by a delegation of dignitaries from Chevron, the OEM Bae Regional Aircraft, Ayrshire Council, Glasgow Prestwick Airport and local media. The aircraft reception was suitably accompanied by a traditional Scottish piper rendition of Scotland the brave. Once the delegates had disembarked they 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 Prestwick with a projected departure date of the 15th September