CityJet to keep Avro RJ85s longer

Irish airline CityJet has decided to keep its Avro RJ85s in service longer than planned. The airline started taking delivery of Sukhoi SSJ100 SuperJets last year, and now has six in service. The SuperJets were to gradually replace the RJ85s. “We originally thought we wouldn’t be using [the RJ85s] by 2018 or 2019, but we see more opportunity for them,” CityJet executive chairman and founder Pat Byrne told the Sunday Independent. He said he expected to continue using the RJ85s until about 2021. Mr Byrne added that the 15 remaining RJ85s were being upgraded to lengthen their life. On 15 May, CityJet began operating two RJ85s on behalf of KLM CityHopper, primarily on flights from Amsterdam to London City, but also to Hamburg and Belfast. The airline also recently extended its agreement to operate several routes on behalf of Air France.

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