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Aer Lingus to operate flights between Dublin and London City

CityJet (Ireland) BAe RJ85 EI-RJZ (msn E2326) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 943334.

Starting on October 28, 2018, Aer Lingus will operate six daily round trips from Dublin to London City Airport on weekdays, with a reduced service on the weekend.

This new service will be in addition to the  current extensive services between Dublin and both London Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

The new route will be operated by CityJet for Aer Lingus. CityJet is planning to operate two RJ85s for Aer Lingus livery (as it was in the past).

CityJet also announced it will no longer operate flights under its own brand. CityJet issued this statement:

In recent years CityJet has transitioned from being an airline serving scheduled markets under its own brand to becoming a provider of capacity to customer airlines throughout Europe.

CityJet has announced that effective from October 27, 2018 it will no longer operate scheduled services marketed under its own brand.

Also announced, the company has entered a leasing arrangement between Aer Lingus and CityJet that will see CityJet provide two aircraft to Aer Lingus to operate the Dublin-London City route.  Commencing October 28, 2018, Aer Lingus will operate six daily round trips from Dublin to London City Airport on weekdays, with a reduced service at the weekend.

Intending passengers holding bookings to/from London City on CityJet flights will be transferred to Aer Lingus flights.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Aer Lingus): CityJet (Ireland) BAe RJ85 EI-RJZ (msn E2326) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 943334.

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Air Nostrum and CityJet join forces to create the largest pan European regional airline group

Air Nostrum-Iberia Regional Bombardier CRJ1000 (CL-600-2E25) EC-LOJ (msn 19018) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 936716.

Air Nostrum and CityJet have announced that they have signed a Heads of Terms with the aim to bring about closer co-operation between the two airlines under the umbrella of a new holding company. Such a development will be subject to obtaining the requisite regulatory approvals and the preparation of the relevant filings has begun.

The coming together of these two regional airlines would see the creation of the largest pan-European regional airline group.

Air Nostrum, who employs 1,450 people, is especially well known as the Regional Operator for Iberia under a longstanding franchise agreement flying to more than 60 destinations within Europe and Africa, with a fleet of 50 aircraft, including 30 Bombardier CRJ1000 regional jets. Air Nostrum is also active on wet lease services for customers across Europe, including Lufthansa, SAS, Binter or Croatian Airlines.


CityJet employs 1,250 people across 9 European countries and operates an extensive regional network of services under wet lease contracts with Air France, Brussels Airlines and SAS with a fleet of over 40 aircraft based in nine locations across Europe. This fleet includes 22 new Bombardier CRJ900 regional jets acquired specifically for wet lease services.


The two airlines are coincidentally of very similar age, having been founded in 1993 (CityJet) and 1994 (Air Nostrum), both now being close to their 25th year of operation.


It is this combined span of experience that gives Air Nostrum and CityJet the enthusiasm and energy to move forward to consolidate their respective reservoirs of specialist knowledge and skilled resources into a single group pool of considerable depth.

Carlos Bertomeu, President of Air Nostrum said that ’’Europe is experiencing substantial expansion of wet lease contracts, otherwise known in North America as Capacity Purchase Agreements, as established airlines pursue a strategy of outsourcing their regional flying programmes. By CityJet and Air Nostrum finding a formula for combining their respective resources in terms of aircraft, crew and support services, this will undoubtedly result in a far more comprehensive and cost effective option for leading airlines in Europe to outsource their regional networks with confidence in the strength of this proposed new entity as an ideal partner for such activity’’.

Pat Byrne, CEO of CityJet said ‘’ There are so many things we have in common with Air Nostrum, especially the fact that we both operate large fleets of Bombardier CRJ 900 and CRJ 1000 aircraft which we believe is a robust and economic platform and ideal for wet lease contracts. Our combined fleets would represent a total fleet strength close to 100 aircraft. By coming together, we believe we will be in a position to respond to the specific needs of customer airlines through our flexibility in the provision of safe, dependable and quality assured operations. Our respective proven capacity and asset management expertise in acquiring aircraft for new wet lease contracts is also a significant added benefit we can provide to our airline customers.’’

The consolidated annual gross revenue of Air Nostrum and CityJet would be circa €700m, derived from a balanced and well spread portfolio of wet lease and franchise contracts throughout Europe. This makes for a very solid financial base in which prospective contracting airlines can have confidence in terms of the proposed new regional airline group’s capacity to deliver exceptional service on optimal economic terms.

Top Copyright Photo: Air Nostrum-Iberia Regional Bombardier CRJ1000 (CL-600-2E25) EC-LOJ (msn 19018) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 936716.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: CityJet (Ireland) Sukhoi Superjet 100 EI-FWA (msn 95102) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 937322.

CityJet (Ireland) Sukhoi Superjet 100 EI-FWA (msn 95102) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 937322.

Air France-KLM to sell CityJet to Intro Aviation

Air France (Paris) and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) have received a firm offer from Intro Aviation of Germany to acquire CityJet (Dublin) and VLM Airlines for an undisclosed amount. The sale is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2014. CityJet is expected to continue to fly for Air France.

The group issued this short statement:

On December 19, 2013, Air France-KLM received a firm offer from Intro Aviation GmbH to purchase CityJet and its subsidiary, VLM.

This offer provides for an ongoing commercial co-operation with Air France as part of a new industrial plan.

Employee representative bodies of the various entities will be informed and consulted.

The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2014.

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/AirlinersGallery.com. CityJet’s BAe RJ85 EI-RJJ (msn E2347) climbs away from the runway at Southend.

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CityJet’s routes from London City Airport:

CityJet (Ireland) LCY 12.2013 Route Map

Air France to sell CityJet to Intro Aviation of Germany

CityJet (Dublin), a subsidiary of Air France (Paris), has been for sale since September 2012. According to this report by Independent.ie, the feeder airline will be sold to German turnaround specialist Intro Aviation. Intro specializes in buying money losing carriers, turning around the fortunes of the airline and then reselling the carrier when it is on better financial footing.

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Today’s CityJet was formed from a merger between the old CityJet and VLM Airlines.

Both airlines were formed in the early 1990s, with a focus on providing high quality, high frequency services to business travellers flying between London and key points in the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe.

Established from a Dublin base in 1993, CityJet commenced services in January 1994, with its first scheduled flights on the Dublin to London City route. In the same year, VLM Airlines began its first scheduled service from Antwerp to London City.

CityJet commenced its alliance with Air France in 1996, operating the Paris Charles de Gaulle to London City route under contract.

In early 2000, Air France-KLM assumed sole ownership of CityJet, marked with the airline operating routes linking Europe to its parent company’s Charles de Gaulle hub.

2007 saw CityJet announce a major expansion of it’s London City network, with the opening of eight new routes, in addition to the existing Dublin and Paris operations (see map below):

City Jet 6:2013 Route Map

CityJet’s senior management team is led by CEO Christine Ourmières.

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Copyright Photo: SM Fitzwilliams Collection/AirlinersGallery.com. Formerly operated by Mesaba Airlines for NWA Airlink as N526XJ, BAe RJ85 EI-RJN (msn E2351) arrives back at the Dublin base (click on the photo for the full size view). All other photos by CityJet.

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