SuperJet maker hoping that CityJet's use of aircraft will boost new jet's profile
Russian aircraft maker Sukhoi is hoping that CityJet's use of the SuperJet aircraft in the Irish airline's wet-lease contract with Lufthansa-owned Brussels Airlines will boost the profile of the new jet among western European airlines.
Earlier this month CityJet took delivery of its sixth SuperJet. The Irish carrier placed an initial order for 15 of the SuperJets, with an option to acquire a further 16, in what would be a $1bn-plus outlay.
CityJet took delivery of its first SuperJet last year. It now has three of the aircraft in use at Brussels Airlines. CityJet operates the jets in Brussels Airlines livery under a so-called wet-lease contract with the carrier inked earlier this year, where CityJet provides the aircraft and crew.
CityJet, which is headed by executive chairman Pat Byrne, was the first European customer for the SuperJet-100.
The Dublin-based airline is also in the process of securing necessary permits for using the aircraft at London City Airport, but it will be 2018 at the earliest before they'll be used on routes from the facility.http://www.independent.ie/business/iris ... 44482.html
Passengers stranded for three days after Cityjet flight suffers technical glitch
“If the bus that took us to Munich had carried on we would have been home by now” — so said one of more than 80 holidaymakers as they began a third day of attempting to return to Birmingham after their holiday in Austria.
Viv Spencer was one of 84 passengers who were due to fly from Innsbruck to Birmingham at 11am on Saturday 17 June. They had been on holiday in Austria with Inghams.
The CityJet aircraft taxied to the runway, but the captain identified a technical issue with an engine and returned to the terminal.
“We spent about an hour on board, but they couldn’t fix it,” Ms Spencer said. “At 2.30pm we were sent to a hotel to return the following morning.”
The party were taken to Innsbruck airport at 6am, but the flight re-scheduled for 8.30am stayed grounded. Ms Spencer said: “They thought they had fixed it, but noise regulations meant they couldn’t test it until we were on board and ready to go.”http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/new ... 96726.html