CityJet Goes Superjet
CITYJET HAS selected the Sukhoi Superjet 100 to meet its fleet renewal requirements.
CITYJET HAS selected the Sukhoi Superjet 100 to meet its fleet renewal requirements. The provisional deal, signed with an unnamed lessor, includes 15 aircraft plus ten options which, if converted, will increase the value of the order to $1 billion.
The first 98-seat jet is due for delivery to the Irish regional carrier in the first quarter of 2016 with a further three examples following later the same year. The remaining aircraft will be handed over in 2017.
“We are very excited to be the very first airline in Europe to choose this game-changing aircraft that delivers a level of comfort, plush interior design and cabin capacity that is far superior to all of its competitors,” CityJet’s Executive Chairman Pat Byrne said. “This is a very versatile new-generation jet which will fulfil our requirements with a capability to operate at smaller airports, such as our hub at London City Airport and offer significant advantages in fuel efficiency, emissions ratings and noise reduction.”
The Superjet, which will replace the airline’s existing fleet of BAE Systems Avro RJ85s, is expected to receive its steep approach certification to enable operations at London City by the end of next year.
Byrne added the airline will initially deploy the SSJ100 “on charter activity in 2016 and will place it on our London City route network in 2017.”
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