CityJet takes delivery of first SuperJet

CityJet Avro RJ85 EI-RJW

CityJet Avro RJ85 EI-RJW shares the ramp outside the airline’s Dublin hangar with the first Sukhoi SSJ100 (Paul Doyle)

Irish Avro RJ operator CityJet took delivery of the first of fifteen Sukhoi SSJ100 SuperJets on 24 May at a ceremony at Venezia. CityJet is planning to gradually replace its eighteen RJ85s with the SuperJets. It will be some time, however, before the SSJ100s can replaced CityJet’s RJ85s at the airline’s London City hub. The SSJ100 will likely not be certified for London City’s steep approach until 2017. CityJet’s CEO, Pat Byrne, indicated that CityJet will likely not operate the SSJ100 from London City until late 2018.

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