CityJet to replace its Avro RJ85s with Sukhoi Superjets

CityJet has announced that it has selected the Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100 for its fleet renewal program. The airline will take delivery of 15 SSJ100s from Superjet International (SJI), the joint venture between Italy’s Alenia Aermacchi and Sukhoi that markets the Superjet in markets outside the former Soviet Union. CityJet will receive four SSJ100s in 2016 and eleven in 2017. It also holds options for another 10 examples. The SSJ100s will initially be used for charters until they are certified to operate at London City, probably in 2017. The SSJ100s will be configured with 98 seats, arranged five-abreast. CityJet Executive Chairman Pat Byrne said that the SSJ100 “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.” Separately, CityJet has also ordered eight Bombardier CRJ900s, with another six on option, to be operated on behalf of SAS on routes currently flown by Blue1, which CityJet will absorb. Blue1 had previously operate Avro RJ85s and RJ100s, but replaced them with Boeing 717s in 2011.

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