Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company and SuperJet International (a joint venture between Leonardo-Finmeccanica Company and Sukhoi Holding) celebrated the delivery of the first Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) to CityJet, which becomes the first European SSJ100 customer. The Irish airline will lease 15 SSJ100 aircraft with an option for additional 16. The deal is worth over 1 Billion USD, including option and after-sales services.
The ceremony was held in Venice (Italy) at the SuperJet International’s premises where the first SSJ100 in the CityJet livery was unveiled.
Dublin-based CityJet operates from key airports in Europe, including London City Airport. The airline will receive three 3 aircraft in 2016, with the remainder from 2017 onwards. The 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.
Boris Aleshin, Chairman of the Board of Directors Sukhoi Civil Aircraft
“Superjet 100 project scope and importance goes well beyond any major infrastructure program. It is the high-tech flagship of Russia-Italy cooperation, and it has a great potential to generate new industrial partnership deals between our two countries.”
Pat Byrne, Executive Chairman of CityJet
“The delivery of our first SSJ100 is an important milestone for CityJet as we begin our fleet renewal programme. This is a fantastic aircraft and we look forward to introducing our customers to its high levels of comfort and efficiency in the coming years”.
Ilya Tarasenko, President of Sukhoi Civil Aircraft:
“The growth of our partnership with CityJet highlighted the demand for the Sukhoi Superjet 100 as an excellent aircraft for both consumer and operators. The aircraft shows its benefits against the competitors with outstanding characteristics of operational efficiency and reliability. We firmly believe that the SSJ100 will help CityJet take their business strategy to new heights on the competitive European aviation market”.
Nazario Cauceglia, Chief Executive Officer of SuperJet International:
“We are very proud because CityJet is a reputable operator in the heart of Europe. This achievement highlights the development of the SSJ100 Program in Europe and in the international scenario. We know that the new customers are closely following us, focusing on the high advantages of the SSJ100 product and our robust and dependable technical support centralized in Europe”.