Air Transport World

And good riddance!

Free of the AI(R) tie, British Aerospace is planning new updates for its Avro RJ family, amid a new surge of orders

LONDON--Freed from the restraining influence of a partnership with the French and Italians, British Aerospace Regional Aircraft is celebrating its new-found autonomy with pians for a further update of its well-tried 4-jet Avro RJ airliner.

If approved by the BAe main board, the RJX development will go ahead early in 1999 toward a goal--using a new engine type but still sticking to four rather than changing to two--of reducing fuel burn by 15% over the existing RJ, lowering direct maintenance costs by 20% and weight by at least 2,000 lb., and satisfying noise levels up to ICAO Chapter III.

Engine selection between the Pratt & Whitney PW308 and the AlliedSignal 509 will be made shortly. First flight with the new power plant is slated for the end of 1999, first RJX flight for mid2000 and certification for the end of that year. …

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