CityJet’s second SSJ 100 enters service

The Russian-made aircraft with the EI-FWB tail number made its first commercial flight from Dublin to Rotterdam on July, 2 The Russian-made aircraft with the EI-FWB tail number made its first commercial flight from Dublin to Rotterdam on July, 2 (Photo by United Aircraft Corporation)

Irish carrier CityJet, the first European operator of Russian regional Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ 100), has reported taking delivery of a second SSJ aircraft (tail number EI-FWB, s.n. 95108). The airline’s CFO, Cathal O’Connel, told Russian Aviation Insider that the aircraft made its first commercial charter flight from Dublin to Rotterdam on the next day after arriving at the airline’s base.

According to the spokesman, both aircraft are currently used for an extensive staff training program, as well as for charter and regular services. After the training is complete, CityJet plans to start offering the SSJ 100 as a wet-leasing option to other operators.

The Irish airline took delivery of its first SSJ 100 in late May. The aircraft entered service in the first half of June. Its first mission was transporting the Irish national football team between the venues of the UEFA-2016. It flew the team from Dublin to Paris Le Bourget, then to Bordeaux and Lyons, and made many more flights carrying the team’s supporters from Dublin and Cardiff. From June 28, the aircraft operates regular flights from the Irish Cork and La Rochelle, O’Connel said.  He also mentioned that both the passengers and crews were satisfied with the Russian aircraft.

CityJet placed a firm order for the total of 15 SSJ100s and an option for 16 more aircraft.

 

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