This thread will show you some custom-modelled Swiss Avros in various liveries.
In 1989, the small Swiss regional airline Crossair ordered 4 Avro RJ85 as launch customer, as part of intensifying wetlease agreements with Swissair and despite 1989 being the first year Crossair suffered financial losses. In April 1990, Crossair took over three BAe 146-200 from PSA/USAir, with a -300 joining in 1991.
The 4 BAe 146s wers replaced in 1993 by the ordered RJ85, which were delivered in a new livery to mark Crossair’s new status as Swissair subsidy.
The new jets were marketed as ‘Jumbolino’ and were highly appreciated by the passengers as they were a lot more comfortable than Metroliners and Saabs, and as even economy passengers could benefit from leather seats.
In March 1992, Crossair became the first operator to launch jet operations at London City airport, the routes from Geneva and Zurich to LCY being the most important and lucrative routes of Crossair’s network.
Thanks to reduced noise emissions compared to other aircraft of the nineties, Crossair was also allowed to operated outside of Lugano airport with its Jumbolinos.
In 1995, Swissair and Crossair announced that Crossair would take over all the remaining regional routes from Swissair with 100 seats or less. This marked the end of Swissair’s Fokker 100 operations, and Crossair ordered 12 Avro RJ100, each replacing one Swissair Fokker 100. As Crossair was satisfied with their Avros, 4 additional RJ100 were ordered in 1997, bringing the fleet to 20 Avro RJ85/100.
However, on 24/11/2001, an RJ100 operating LX-flight 3597 from Berlin to Zurich crashed during approach near Bassersdorf. The investigation report concluded that the captain had failed to perform correct navigation and that Crossair had a part of responsibility given that it did not stop the captain from flying despite numerous major errors having been reported in the captain’s flight career.
2001 was indeed a page-turning year due to Swissair’s collapse following their ‘Hunter’-strategy and 09/11. As of October 2001, Crossair set up an ‘emergency’ flight plan to compensate the loss of the Swissair network and in March 2002, Crossair was rebranded to Swiss and designated the new Swiss flag carrier.
The whole Avro fleet was transferred to the ‘new’ carrier, and painted in the new livery designed by Tyler Brulé.
In 2007 all 4 RJ85 left the fleet. In 2009, Swiss placed an order for 30 Bombardier CS100 as replacement for the remaining Avro RJ100 and late 2015 Swiss was the first airline to introduce the CSeries. Over the years, 20 orders were converted to CS300, and the last Avro left the fleet in August 2017, after 27 years of Crossair/Swissair BAe/Avro operations.
For further reading :
NZZ (German, but nice photos)