The Sukhoi Superjet 100 (Image © Sukhoi Aircraft Company)

Ireland: CityJet takes Sukhoi jet

Ireland-based CityJet on Tuesday 13 October announced that it has agreed to take delivery of 15 Superjet SSJ100 passenger aircraft from Superjet International, commencing next year. The European regional airline is to take four aircraft in 2016, with an additional 11 delivered throughout 2017. The airline has also taken options on an additional ten aircraft.

Superjet International (SJI) is a joint venture between Alenia Aermacchi, part of the Finmeccanica Group of Italy and the Russian Sukhoi corporation. The airliner  seats 98 passengers and is the first aircraft in its class to offer five abreast seating. The aircraft achieved European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification in February 2012.

CityJet is one of the first Western customers to take the Sukhoi jet. Mexican company Interjet earlier in 2013 was the first to fly the type outside Russia. Sukhoi currently has a backlog of about 200 aircraft.

© 2015 editor Elmer van Hest
Featured image: An SSJ100. (Image © Sukhoi Aircraft Company)