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This is an Avro RJ85/100 – previously known as BAe146 – belonging to the Finnish airline Blue1 on the final approach to runway 22L at Copenhagen Airport (CPH/EKCH). It's a very silent four-engines aircraft used for regional and shorter international traffic, with a maximum range of 2.300kms/1'430mi.

Blue1 started out as Air Botnia in 1988, with main routes on the Finnish market to/from Helsinki. In 1998 the company became a fully owned subsidiary to SAS (Scandinavian Airlines System) - basically aimed to connect Finland with the Scandinavian hubs Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen - and in the year 2004 Air Botnia became Blue1.

This is one of three Blue1 jet aircraft arriving from Turku, Tampere and Helsinki in the rush hour between 7 and 8 am. At this hour most of the Scandinavian traffic is brought into Copenhagen in order to be forwarded to final destinations within Europe or further away. In the opposite direction there's an outbound rush in the evening between 10 and 11 pm.

Copenhagen Airport – formerly known as Kastrup – was founded in 1925, being one of the first civil airports in the world. Today it is Scandinavia's largest airport with 19 million passengers per year and a maximum capacity of 83 operations (take-off or landing) per hour on the main runway system (04/22).

"Wind one eight zero at niner knots, runway two two left, cleared to land!"

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Additional Photos by Kaj Nordstrom (kajenn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 542 W: 241 N: 844] (2422)
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