Irish Airliner Opts for Russian-Made Passenger Jets

CityJet will purchase 15 Sukhoi Superjet 100 planes to be delivered in 2016-17

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MOSCOW/DUBLIN, October 13 (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.

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