They'd have been rightly screwed since Feb 2022 with no support/parts available due to sanctions; I expect.
I think the SSJ screwed CityJet long before that. The initial 15 aircraft order should have covered all of their fleet needs for the coming decades. Reliability, lack of spares and maintenance support and never getting certification for LCY were all issues. I suspect the failure of the SSJ pushed WX into the franchise/wet-lease with EI, perhaps so they could re-fleet. This approach worked for Stobart, so maybe that was the hope for cityJet?
Im sure you could argue that the SSJ order of itself was a sign of their financial weakness. The E170/E90 was already certified, in operation around the world and already operated by their biggest competitor at LCY. Once the SSJ gamble failed, the future of WX branded operations was sealed.
Because of the A332s fuselage length I’d say the new livery will be slightly less bare-looking than the -300. A bit like the A320 vs A321LR new livery. I’m sure the 332s will stay in the old livery for the summer season though.
Maybe it will look OK. I still think the titles are too small on the livery, they are barely legible from a distance. Lufthansa have similar placing and sizing of the titles, but the bold Ariel-type font stands out more. Its a shame as the overall livery is quite pleasing to the eye in person. The tail, winglet and engine colours are eye-catching.
Speaking of engines. EI-NSA appears to have had an engine change and is flying around with the No2 engine cowling painted white. Maybe white engines were a better idea for EI?
I don’t think I’ve ever seen an FR engine cowling that doesn’t match the livery? Even EI-DCL, the Dreamliner 737 manages to look consistent. It does have a white nose randome for a long time.