BAe 146-100 / Avro RJ70

BAe 146-100 - Graphic: Andrew Hay

The original 146 version which first flew on 3rd September 1981.  Noted for its quietness, STOL performance and ability to land on rough strips, the type is in service with regional airlines around the world, the Royal Air Force and a number of freight operators.  The 100 series sold 37 examples by 1992 when it was superseded by the Avro RJ70 with improved FADEC controlled engines and improved EFIS avionics.  This however only sold 12 airframes.

BAe 146-100 details

Length 26.2m

4 ALF 502R-5 [LF 507] @ 6970lbs [7000lbs]

Fuel capacity 12,900 litres
Cruise speed 767km/h
Range 3000km
Pax. capacity 70-92
MTOW 38,100kg

BAe 146-200 / Avro RJ85

BAe 146-200 - Graphic: Andrew Hay

The 146-200 was the most popular model, with 113 examples of the original aircraft and 87 of the updated RJ85.  It first flew in 1982 and was subsequently popular in North America, Australia and the UK, being operated there by Air UK in the late 1980s and early 1990s and later by British Airways and Jersey European (now known as FlyBe).

BAe 146-200 details

Length 28.60 m

4 ALF 502R-5 [LF 507] @ 6970lbs [7000lbs]

Fuel capacity 12,900 litres
Cruise speed 767 km/h
Range 2910 km
Pax. capacity 85-112
MTOW 42, 185 kg

BAe 146-300 / Avro RJ100

BAe 146-300 - Graphic: Andrew Hay

The second most popular model with 71 of both types (300 series and RJ100) built.  The RJ115 high seating density version was also offered but none were sold.  It featured an improved cabin design with additional passenger space and capacious overhead luggage stowage.  Maiden flight was 1 May 1987 and production of the 300 series lasted until 1993.  Some of the last RJs to be delivered were the RJ100 variant for BA subsidiary Cityflyer Express

BAe 146-300 details

Length 30.99 m

4 ALF 502R-5 [LF 507] @ 6970lbs [7000lbs]

Fuel capacity 12,900 litres
Cruise speed 790 km/h
Range 2817 km
Pax. capacity 100-116
MTOW 44,225 kg

Avro RJX

The Avro RJX was announced in 1999, the principle change being the new Honeywell AS977-1A engines, combined with new pods/nacelles and pylons.  The first RJX-85, G-ORJX flew on 23 September 2001.  This was followed by an RJX-100, G-IRJX and a second RJX-100 (the first production airframe) G-6-391 (a UK Class B registration), which flew for only 8 hours as the program had by then been halted by BAE Systems, citing a decline in the market post 9/11.  G-IRJX was saved for Manchester Airport Aviation Viewing Park, but G-ORJX was parted out, as was G-6-391.