Sukhoi Supertjet 100, CityJet’s latest recruit, performed its first regular flight taking the Ireland team to Euro 16.
Ireland team manager, Martin O’ Neill, assistant manager, Roy Keane, 23 squad members and back up team were flown by CityJet, flight WX938, the Official Airline Partner of the Football Association of Ireland, to Paris Le Bourget Airport today.
Flight Dublin-Paris was the first Sukhoi Superjet 100 commercial flight in CityJet colors. The aircraft with tail number 95102 arrived from Venice in Dublin last Thursday and became one of three aircraft the airline welcomes to its fleet this year.
Pat Byrne, CityJet Executive Chairman:
“We were delighted to have the opportunity to come on board as official airline to the FAI in March and we look forward to working with the FAI as their ongoing partner following Euro16. CityJet is a pan-European airline with services across the continent, ranging from the Nordic regions down to Italy and a major operation in France, so it is wonderful working with the FAI at a time when the world of football focuses on Europe.”
Ilya Tarasenko, President Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company:
“SSJ first flight in Europe was very special – flying the Ireland team, the hope of the nation, for Euro 16. Sports-related air transportation grows rapidly around the world and for Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company this sphere is a strategic one.”
On June 6, 2016 SCAC has entered into partnership agreement with the Russian Olympic Committee. One of the key lines of cooperation is development of SportJet concept by Sukhoi as the first aircraft at the market with custom-designed interior for transportation of professional sports teams. Cabin integrated technologies will be developed by SCAC team and R&D Innovation center involving sportspeople, medical professionals and team managers.