CityJet negotiates extension of Air France contract

CityJet Avro RJ85 EI-RJR

CityJet Avro RJ85 EI-RJR at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport in early November while operating a flight for Air France (Globespotter)

Irish Avro RJ85 operator CityJet is negotiating an extension to its contract to operate on behalf of Air France. In an interview with the Independent, CityJet CEO Pat Byrne expressed optimism that the airline would secure an extension of the contract, which expires in March 2018. Under the contract, CityJet bases five RJ85s at Paris Charles de Gaulle for flights to French domestic and European destinations. An additional two RJ85s are being operated on behalf of Air France subsidiary KLM CityHopper. CityJet is also currently operating an RJ85 on behalf of SAS, as it awaits delivery of additional Bombardier CRJ 900s. The actual aircraft operated under each contract vary; aircraft are generally assigned to a given contract for several days, but other aircraft may step in for individual flights. As of 16 November EI-RJD (msn E2334), -RJF (msn E2337), -RJO (msn E2352), -RJT (msn E2336), and -RJX (msn E2372) were operating for Air France, -RJN (msn E2351), -RJU (msn E2367), and -RJW (msn E2371) for KLM CityHopper, and -RJI (msn E2346) for SAS. All are operated in CityJet’s own colors. The airline recently withdrew one RJ85 from service. EI-RJC (msn E2333) operated her last service on 12 October, flying from Paris CDG to Dublin as AF1016. She was ferried to Cranfield for return to lessor on 14 November.

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