CityJet rebrands and is poised to replace fleet
Published 05/09/2015 | 02:30
Dublin-based airline CityJet will make a decision within a few weeks on a fleet replacement programme for its fuel-hungry Avro aircraft, according to founder and executive chairman Pat Byrne.
Jets made by Brazilian manufacturer Embraer, and Russia’s Sukhoi Superjet, are understood to be the final two options in the running. CityJet will order up to 15 aircraft. The Superjet has been developed in conjunction with Boeing.
Mr Byrne was speaking as CityJet unveiled a rebranding yesterday at Dublin Airport.
CityJet, which is owned by Germany’s Intro Aviation, will take delivery of the first of its new leased aircraft next year and have all the new aircraft within 18 months.
Mr Byrne said the new aircraft will give CityJet a 2,000 nautical mile range, opening up new destinations. CityJet’s main base is London City Airport. It’s also launching flights between Cork and London City soon. CityJet completed a sale and leaseback of its Avro fleet earlier this year. Joh