CityJet contracts with Air France and Lufthansa end

CityJet‘s long-lasting contract to operate several Avro RJ85s on behalf of Air France and its regional subsidiary Hop! has come to an end at the end of the summer timetable. This contract, which dates to the time that CityJet was owned by Air France, once covered all of CityJet’s RJ85 fleet (and, before that, its BAe 146 fleet), but has gradually been reduced in scope after the airline became independent, with a mere three aircraft operating on the final day. EI-RJZ (msn E2326) operated her last service, AF7536/7537 from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Pau, on 26 October and then returned to Dublin as AF367V that afternoon. Later that afternoon, EI-RJR (msn E2364) operated her last service, also to Pau as AF7532/7533, and then returned to Dublin as AF371V. The very last CityJet service for Air France was actually a Dublin round-trip, AF1116/1117, operated by EI-RJY (msn E2307) on 26 October; -RJY then flew back to Dublin on 27 October as AF369V. CityJet’s more recent contract to operate several routes on behalf of Lufthansa also ended on 26 October, with EI-RJU (msn E2367) returning home to Dublin as LH9914 that day after operating her last service service, LH160/165 to Leipzig and back. CityJet’s only current contract for its RJ85s is for two operated on behalf of Aer Lingus on services from Dublin to London City, which EI-RJD (msn E2334) and EI-RJI (msn E2346) are currently assigned to, with -RJO (msn E2352) serving as a backup. EI-RJR, -RJU, -RJY, and -RJZ are all currently parked at Dublin, while EI-RJF (msn E2337) is at Norwich undergoing maintenance with KLM UK Engineering — which recently marked the 20th anniversary of its first C Check for CityJet.

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