CityJet wins major contract to operate SAS regional routes and places order for up to 14 Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft

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By admin October 2, 2015 19:49

CityJet wins major contract to operate SAS regional routes and places order for up to 14 Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft

Irish airline CityJet has been awarded a major wet lease contract by SAS (Scandinavian Airlines) to operate a network of regional routes from Helsinki, Oslo and Stockholm. Commencing in March 2016, CityJet will operate services on behalf of SAS using eight new aircraft, with an option to increase to 14 aircraft in 2017.

CityJet has also announced that it is to acquire eight 90-seat Bombardier CRJ900 regional jets, major components of which are manufactured by Bombardier Aerospace in Belfast.  The CRJ900 fleet will be operated exclusively on behalf of SAS, with all aircraft in SAS colours and crewed by CityJet staff.

In addition to the eight aircraft in 2016, the contract has potential to add six further aircraft in 2017, bringing the total aircraft value to over $650m.

“The SAS contract has immense strategic significance for CityJet’s growth and development, strengthening its market position across Europe and facilitating ongoing investment and growth.  Securing this contract with SAS is a major vote of confidence in our team and in our expertise, and will help support future business expansion,” Pat Byrne, CityJet‘s Executive Chairman said at the announcement of the new business win.

“We are looking forward to working with CityJet to further expand our regional route network and thereby strengthen SAS’s offering to frequent travelers. The eight brand new CRJ900s from CityJet will provide us with efficient and flexible production of regional flights that will complement SAS’s production on the larger traffic flows,” says Rickard Gustafson, President and CEO at SAS.

“We welcome CityJet as the newest member to the CRJ family. With its unique operations, CityJet has forged strong business relationships with many of Bombardier’s long-standing customers such as SAS who now look to CityJet’s expertise for their network growth” said Ryan DeBrusk, Vice President, Sales, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Russia & Commonwealth of Independent States for Bombardier. “CityJet brings an impressive amount of knowledge and experience in the wet lease market whereby it will now provide airlines with modern aircraft, crews and maintenance for operation.”

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By admin October 2, 2015 19:49