7 MARCH 2016


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Article from BTNews 7 MARCH 2016

Good and bad Sukhoi news

CityJet has confirmed that the first two of 21 Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100 on order are due for delivery from the completion centre at Venice in May and June.  These aircraft will initially be used on charter services and ACMI operations on behalf of other airlines, both markets in which the airline says is seeing strong growth.

The Dublin-based airline plans to replace all its 18 Avro RJ series with the same game changing Russian jet over the next few years.  Certification trials are planned for London City Airport.

VLM, the Belgium charter operator, has cancelled its order for 14 of the aircraft citing “potential risks from an aircraft whose long-range version had not yet achieved EASA certification.”  

Once part of Cityjet, VLM is now a stand-alone operation with a fleet of 11 elderly Fokker F50 turboprops.  Howard Davidson, CEO since January, said that decisions would be taken over the next six months on the future direction in which the company would grow.  He hoped a defined plan would be in place by 4Q 2016.  www.scac.ru/en/products/sukhoi-superjet100

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