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Thursday 29 September 2016

CityJet to showcase SuperJet at air show

Published 16/06/2016 | 02:30

Cityjet Sukhoi SuperJet
Cityjet Sukhoi SuperJet

CItyJet will showcase its new Sukhoi SuperJet at the world's biggest airshow in Farnborough next month as both the airline and the manufacturer aim to lure customers for the aircraft.

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Dublin-based CiyJet is the first European customer using the SuperJet, and hopes the aircraft will help it secure more wet lease business.

CityJet is hoping to secure so-called wet lease customers, where CityJet would operate flights on their behalf using the aircraft. It already has a substantial wet lease business through its Blue 1 subsidiary in Scandinavia.

CityJet boss Pat Byrne told the Irish Independent that he hopes to have at least one wet lease customer signed for the SuperJet by the end of the year.

The airline will take delivery of another SuperJet next week, and another in October, with more joining its fleet next year.

CityJet has 15 firm orders for the SuperJet, and 10 options. Mr Byrne envisages wet lease agreements with other airlines that would involve the use of three to four SuperJets to service each contract.

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