MOSCOW/DUBLIN (Sputnik) — CityJet, an Irish regional airline, said Tuesday that it had opted to buy at least 15 SSJ100 planes in a 98-seat configuration from Superjet International to renew its aircraft fleet.
“CityJet has agreed to take four aircraft in 2016 with the delivery of an additional 11 throughout 2017. The airline has also taken options on an additional ten aircraft,” the company said in a statement.
“We are very excited to be the very first airline in Europe to order this “game-changing’’ aircraft that delivers a level of comfort, plush interior design and cabin capacity that is far superior to all of its competitors,” CityJet Executive Chairman Pat Byrne said.
The Russia-produced SSJ 100 is the first aircraft in its class to offer five abreast seating combined with a cabin height of over 2 meters.
According to Byrne, the “versatile new generation jet” will fulfill the company’s requirements to operate at smaller airports such as the London City Airport and offer “significant advantages” in fuel efficiency, emissions ratings and noise reduction.
The airline intends to introduce the SSJ100 on charter activity in 2016.
Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SCA) and Irish European regional airline CityJet have signed an agreement on 15 firm orders for delivery SSJ-100 plus an option for 10 more, SCA said in a press release.
“The deal is worth more than $1 billion at the aircraft’s contract price, including options and related services. The deliveries are due to begin in Q1 2016,” SCA said. Four should be delivered in 2016 and the other 11 by the end of 2017.
“CityJet plans to use the SSJ-100 instead of the Avro RJ85 for flights to Europe, including London City Airport. The SSJ-100 will be certified to fly to London City by the end of 2016,” SCA said.
SCA is also in talks with EgyptAir to supply an initial 12 SSJ-100 with an option for 2 more.
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