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Irish High Court appoints an examiner for CityJet

CityJet has requested protection from the Irish High Court from its creditors in an attempt to survive. Its fleet has been grounded by the COVID-19 crisis. The High Court has now appointed an interim examiner to oversee the finances of the company.

The action came after Brussels Airlines cancelled its wet lease contract with CityJet for five aircraft in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic.

CityJet’s fleet includes 25 CRJ900 aircraft and 9 RJ85 operating from bases in Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, Dublin, Helsinki, London, Paris, Stockholm, Tallinn and Vilnius.

CityJet was established by entrepreneur Pat Byrne in 1993, CityJet pioneered services between Dublin and London City Airport in January 1994 under a franchise agreement with Virgin Atlantic Airways.

CityJet formed a partnership with Air France in 1996, which eventually transferred into Air France ownership in 2000. Much of CityJet services were then operated under the Air France brand.

CityJet continued to develop its role as a key airline in the London City market in addition to growing its network connecting European cities to the Air France hub in Paris. During this time, CityJet also acquired VLM, a Belgian airline, which also specialized in London City services.

Air France sold CityJet to a German company, Intro Aviation, in 2014.

The airline was subsequently purchased by a business consortium led by its original founder, Pat Byrne, and has embarked on a major programme of expansion and strategic development since.

Under its new ownership, CityJet rebranded in 2015 with a refined livery, reflecting its newly-independent spirit and dedication to passenger service and quality.

CityJet has continued to undergo significant advancement since. In recent years CityJet secured a new wet lease contract (where it provides crew, aircraft, maintenance and operational services) to SAS. It operates a modern fleet of Bombardier CRJ900 passenger aircraft in the Nordic region and Scandanavia. As part of this project, CityJet purchased Finnish airline Blue1. CityJet also purchased another regional carrier, Cimber, operating mainly from Denmark.

Additionally, CityJet provides similar wet lease services for Air France, Brussels Airlines and KLM.

In recent years, CityJet has refocused its activities to becoming a provider of “wet lease” services to major airlines, whereby it provides service on an aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance (ACMI) basis to fly on behalf of its customer airlines. CityJet now has over 30 aircraft on wet lease to airlines across Europe, including Aer Lingus, Air France, Brussels Airlines, Hop! and SAS (Scandinavian Airlines), flying over 1,500 flights with 100,000 passengers per week for our customer airlines.

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Air Nostrum and CityJet receive permission to merge

The European Commission has approved the merge of Air Nostrum of Spain and CityJet of Ireland. The EC issued this statement:

The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the creation of a joint venture between Fortress Investment Group, of the US, and Air Investment Valencia, of Spain. It will combine the activities of CityJet of Ireland and of Air Nostrum of Spain.

Fortress Investment Group is a global investment management firm, which manages assets on behalf of institutional clients and private investors worldwide.

Air Investment Valencia, through a subsidiary, is active, among other things, as aircraft dry lessor and provider of fleet supply services to air operators. It is also active in the operation of air routes between Europe and Africa, mainly through charter flight and wet-lease services.

The activities of CityJet and Air Nostrum overlap in the provision of wet-leasing services to airlines and charter flights. The Commission concluded that the proposed transaction would raise no competition concerns, because the companies have moderate market shares, a sufficient number of competitors remains on the market and the barriers to entry are low. The transaction was examined under the normal merger review procedure.

Previously the two airlines issued this statement of intent:

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.

Air Antwerp is born to fill the hole left by VLM Airlines

Air Antwerp (Antwerp) has been formed with the help of CityJet and KLM. CityJet will control 75% of the stock.

The new airline is going through the AOC process and hopes to serves at least three destinations from Antwerp Airport, including London (City) according to Travel Magazine of Belgium.

The new airline will start operations with one Fokker 50, hopefully later this year.

 

Brussels Airlines to retire the last SuperJet SSJ100 on January 7

Wet leased from CityJet on March 25, 2017

Brussels Airlines, according to Routes Online, is retiring its leased CityJet Sukhoi SuperJet 100 operation early in January 2019.

The last flight will be be on January 7, 2019 between Billund and the Brussels hub.

CityJet’s fleet includes 25 Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft, 13 BAe RJ85 and 6 Sukhoi SSJ100 Superjets operating from bases in Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, Dublin, Helsinki, London, Paris, Stockholm, Tallinn and Vilnius.

Top Copyright Photo: Brussels Airlines (CityJet) Sukhoi Superjet 100-95B EI-FWD (msn 95105) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 937386.

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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.

CityJet takes delivery of its first Sukhoi Superjet 100

CityJet Superjet 100 EI-FWA (15)(Grd-1) VCE (Sukhoi)(LR)

CityJet, the Irish European regional airline, on May 24, 2016 took delivery in Italy of its first Superjet SSJ100 aircraft.

CityJet becomes the first European airline to operate the Superjet SSJ100. CityJet will lease 15 Superjet SSJ100 aircraft with an option for an additional 16.

SuperJet International is a joint venture between Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company and Finmeccanica Company of Italy. The ceremony was held in Venice at the SuperJet International’s premises where the first two Superjet SSJ100s in the CityJet livery were unveiled.

Dublin-based CityJet operates from key airports in Europe, including London City Airport. The airline expects take delivery of three aircraft in 2016, with the remainder from 2017 onwards. The inaugural aircraft unveiled today is expected to be delivered to Dublin early in June with the second arriving in mid-June. The Superjet SSJ 100 achieved European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification in 2012.

The CityJet aircraft is in the 98-seat configuration with an exclusive interior designed by Pininfarina, five abreast seating in a generous 32” seat pitch combining with a wider seat and cabin height of over 2m.

SuperJet International will also provide CityJet with the technical support through a SuperCare agreement for 12 years. CityJet crews are being trained at the Training Center in Venice.

Photo: Sukhoi. Superjet 100 EI-FWA (msn 95102) is the first to be delivered.

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Video: CityJet attempting to land at a gusty Cork Airport

Video: By AMF. Strong, gusty crosswind was causing problems on November 18, 2015 at Cork Airport. Pilot of CityJet flight from London City Airport was forced to abort landing after touchdown and perform go around procedure. Plane landed safely a few minutes later.

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CityJet to acquire 15 Sukhoi Superjet 100s

CityJet Superjet 100 (Flt)(CityJet)(LRW)

CityJet (Dublin) made the following announcement today:

CityJet (2015) logo (LRW)

CityJet, the Irish European regional airline, today announced that it has agreed to take delivery of 15 Superjet SSJ100 passenger aircraft from Superjet International, commencing next year.

Superjet International (SJI) is a joint venture between Alenia Aermacchi, part of the Finmeccanica Group of Italy and the Russian Sukhoi corporation.

CityJet Executive Chairman Pat Byrne said: “We are very excited to be the very first airline in Europe to order this ‘’game-changing’’ aircraft that delivers a level of comfort, plush interior design and cabin capacity that is far superior to all of its competitors. This is a very versatile new generation jet which will fulfil our requirements with a capability to operate at smaller airports such as our hub at London City Airport and offer significant advantages in fuel efficiency, emissions ratings and noise reduction.”

The Executive Chairman added: “We intend introducing the SSJ100 on charter activity in 2016 and will place it on our London City route network in 2017. We believe our customers will love this jet,” he added.

CityJet Superjet 100 (Cabin)(CityJet)(LRW)

The SSJ 100 seats 98 passengers and is the first aircraft in its class to offer five abreast seating in a generous 32” seat pitch. Combined with a wider seat and a cabin height of over 2m, the SSJ100 offers more cabin and overhead bin space than competitors. The SSJ100 utilises the latest in design and flight technology from key manufacturers such as Snecma (engines) and Thales (avionics) from France and Goodrich (wheels) and Honeywell (auxiliary power unit) from the USA. The interior benefits from the Italian design house of Pininfarina. The aircraft achieved European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification in February 2012.

CityJet has agreed to take four aircraft in 2016 with the delivery of an additional 11 throughout 2017. The airline has also taken options on an additional ten aircraft.

Images: CityJet.

CityJet to acquire Blue1, CityJet will operate 8 CRJ900s for SAS

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS (Stockholm) has made this announcement today:

Scandinavian-SAS logo

SAS’s strategy is to offer frequent travelers a broad network with frequent flights to, from and within Scandinavia. To adapt the size of the production to traffic flows SAS utilizes hired capacity, known as a wet lease, with smaller regional jet and turboprop aircraft.

In line with this strategy, SAS has entered into an agreement with CityJet (Dublin) on the wet lease of eight new Bombardier CRJ900s. SAS already operates twelve regional jet aircraft of this type through its subsidiary, Cimber.

The new aircraft, which each have 90 seats and are painted in SAS colors, will be put into service from March 2016 on routes and at times when there is a need for smaller aircraft. The wet lease agreement is for three years and covers eight Bombardier CRJ900s with an option on a further six aircraft.

Blue1 logo

As part of this collaboration, CityJet is acquiring 100% of the shares in SAS subsidiary Blue1. The sale of Blue1 will lead to a marginal impact on SAS’s income before tax, cash and net debt. The Group’s income after tax during Q4 2014/2015 will be negatively impacted of around MSEK 90, primarily due to write down of capitalized loss carry forwards. The sale and the new wet lease agreement are expected to increase cost efficiency and flexibility.

Above Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner/AirlinersGallery.com. It is unclear what CityJet will do with Blue1. Blue1 currently operates five Boeing 717-200s and SAS is selling the 717s to Volotea and Delta. The type is due to be retired at Blue1 next month. Will Blue1 operate the CRJ900s for SAS? Boeing 717-23S OH-BLM (msn 55066) taxies at Zurich.

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CityJet is a European airline that was founded in 1992. CityJet has a fleet of 18 Avro RJ85 jet aircraft and it operates over 680 flights per week throughout Europe.

In the meantime, CityJet made this announcement today:

CityJet (2015) logo (LRW)

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 colors 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;

 

Since becoming independent last year, CityJet has seen continual growth across its network, and will carry over two million passengers this year on its scheduled services, charter services, and a Paris-based wet lease programme for Air France.

The airline has recorded 40% growth on its key route Dublin to London City route in the last six months, as well as strong advance bookings for the new Cork to London City service, which commences today and will see up to eighteen flights a week on the route.

CityJet now employs almost 500 staff, with over 300 based at its headquarters in Swords, County Dublin, and additional crew bases in London and Paris.

Top Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. SAS Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) OY-KFD (msn 14221) prepares to land in Zurich.

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