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Avro RJX to enter service in July 2001.

The Avro RJX continues to make progress toward projected entry into commercial service in July 2001 and two aircraft from the present Avro line of regional jets have been allocated as flight-development vehicles for certification purposes.

The first of the new models, dubbed the RJX85, is due on the final assembly line in April 2000 and will receive the first Integrated Powerplant System, which includes the AlliedSignal AS977 engine, in July, said Jeff Marsh, senior VP-sales and marketing for British Aerospace Regional Aircraft, during a press conference at ERA. "This aircraft will be in service long before any of its paper-plane competitors," said Marsh, referring to Embraer, Fairchild Aerospace and Bombardier Aerospace, which are building similarly sized RJs. …

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