The renewal of the BAe 146 family began in 1996. New, more powerful and more economical engines were installed. Thus the plane continued to be manufactured under the name Avro RJ; RJ70, RJ85 and RJ100 being the new designations of the previous models 100, 200 and 300. The BAe 146-100 conducted its maiden flight on 3 September 1981. The base version was designed to carry 94 persons with a high density layout. Simultaneously with model 100, the stretched model 200 was developed, designed for 112 passengers. The BAe 146-200 had its first outing on 1 April 1982. Commercial operation of the BAe 146 started at the end of 1983. Subsequently an even larger model 300 was created, designed for 128 passengers.