CityJet joint venture with Air Nostrum approved

The proposed joint venture between Ireland’s CityJet and Spain’s Air Nostrum has been approved by the European Commission. The two airlines will become part of a new holding company, but will continue operating under their own brands. Together, the two airlines have about 100 aircraft. CityJet’s fleet includes nine Avro RJ85s, which it operates primarily on behalf of Air France and Aer Lingus, but it is gradually winding down its fleet of the type, with several having recently been sold to Conair. The airline had planned to replace them with Sukhoi SuperJets, but these proved unsatisfactory and have been returned to the manufacturer. The joint venture is likely to concentrate on the Bombardier CRJ, which both airlines already operate.

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