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CityJet is an Irish airline, headquartered in Swords, Dublin and flies to many destinations within Europe. The airline started off offering scheduled passenger services, however, in 2017 it changed its business model and now only deals with charter flights and wet-leasing aircraft.
Destinations include: Amsterdam, Cork, Jersey, Nantes, Florence, Antwerp, Dublin, London City, Paris and Rotterdam.
In 2014, German investor Intro Aviation acquired CityJet. CityJet also operated mainly under its own name with a codeshare agreement with Air France and KLM. Cityjet offered over 480 flights a week to major European and UK business centres. CityJet's fleet of 28 aircraft, ten CRJ-900s are currently wet-leased to SAS Scandinavian Airlines. Other ACMI and charter clients are Brussels Airlines, Sunair, Royal Caribbean, Inghams, Sundio Group/Sunweb, Joe Walsh Tours and Sunway Holidays, employing a combination of SSJ 100-95 and ARJ-85 equipment.
The carry-on baggage allowance for CityJet flights allows for passengers to take one item of carry-on baggage at, along with an additional small item, such as a laptop or handbag. The combined weight of this baggage can't exceed 12kg. For passengers flying on the AVRO RJ85 or the Embraer E195 aircraft, carry-on baggage must fit within the dimensions of 55 25 x 35 cm. For passengers flying on ATR aircraft, carry-on baggage can't exceed the dimensions of 47.5 x 35 x 20 cm.
The checked baggage allowance for CityJet flights is one 20kg bag for all passengers in all classes, except for infants, who are allowed one bag at 10kg. In addition to the 10kg checked bag, infants are also allowed one pushchair or buggy.
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Online check-in is available from 48 hours before your flight up until one hour before. You can check-in online using the CityJet online check-in page and entering your flight details.
The check-in counters for CityJet open 2 hours before your flight and close anywhere between 15—40 minutes before your flight depending on which airport you're flying from. CityJet check-in is also available at the self-service kiosk at Amsterdam and London City Airport which passengers can use at the airport for a quicker alternative to the check-in counters.
19th June 2018
Cityjet gets fleet expansion as owner strikes $100m aircraft deal with SAS
Dublin-based airline Cityjet is expanding its fleet by up to seven Bombardier aircraft as part of a more than $100m (€85m) deal by its owner.
The deal will allow Cityjet to further expand its so-called "wet leasing" operation, which sees it provide its own aircraft and crew to operate regional routes on behalf of bigger European carriers such as SAS, Air France and Lufthansa's Brussels Airlines, the airline's founder and executive chairman Pat Byrne told the Sunday Independent.
The Irish operator is in talks with a number of major European carriers about operating a similar service. This wet lease market was a key part of Byrne's business proposition when he bought back Cityjet in 2016 from Germany's Intro Aviation. Byrne founded Cityjet in 2000 but sold it to Air France, which in turn sold it to Intro in 2013 before Byrne joined forces with aircraft leasing specialist Falko to reacquire it.
"We are talking to airlines all the time," said Byrne. "This whole concept of the big legacy carriers wet leasing their regional routes is becoming a reality."
The airline has also recently won a second contract with Air France, operating a number of Bombardier aircraft on behalf of Air France's new Paris Orly based subsidiary Hop.
Byrne said that the latest aircraft deal was a good illustration as to why the Cityjet model - whereby an aircraft leasing company owns an airline - was "a unique and perfect partnership."
In 2017 CityJet purchased SAS subsidiary Cimber. Cityjet owner Falko subsequently acquired 11 SAS-owned Bombardier CRJ 900 aircraft previously used by Cimber from SAS for about $10m apiece. Up to four of these aircraft are to be sold on, with two already sold to Estonian carrier Nordica.
The remaining seven aircraft are expected to be leased by Falko to Cityjet, said Byrne. They are undergoing maintenance and C-checking - where the majority of the crafts' components are inspected - before being transferred to the Irish aircraft register to enter service with the Dublin airline.
Two of the aircraft will be used by Cityjet as part of its operation with SAS, in which Cityjet aircraft operate routes out of Copenhagen, Stockholm and Helsinki for the Scandinavian carrier. Cityjet had bought 22 of the Bombardier aircraft new and is wet leasing them to SAS as part of a deal to run regional services for the Scandinavian airline.
16th May 2018
Cityjet to hire additional 10 trainee pilots for mentoring programme
Irish-based airline aims to have sufficient qualified pilots for routes and aircraft mix
Irish-based regional airline Cityjet plans to hire a further 10 trainee pilots for entry into a mentoring programme managed by CAE Oxford Aviation Academy.
The move is designed to ensure that Cityjet has enough qualified pilots for current and new routes and its mix of aircraft.
Robert Campbell Smith, Cityjet’s general manager of flight operations, said that the airline was continuing to grow, particularly its wet lease business, where it provides craft and crew to fly routes for other carriers.
“Our fleet includes the 90-seat Bombardier CRJ-900, 98-seat Superjet SSJ100 and our 95-seat Avro RJ85 aircraft which continues to serve us well,” he said.
Cityjet has bases in Dublin, Brussels, Copenhagen, Helsinki, London, Stockholm and Vilnius. Trainees will complete courses in Oxford and in Phoenix, in the US state of Arizona.
3rd May 2018
Pro14 finals boost as CityJet partner up with the league
The Pro14 have received a boost with the announcement that they have partnered with CityJet as the Official Airline of this season’s Guinness PRO14 Final Series.
The first-ever Guinness PRO14 Final takes place in Dublin on May 26 and throughout all six games of the Final Series CityJet will partner the Championship ahead of what will be an historic climax at Aviva Stadium
Fans of the Guinness PRO14 will be able to experience the benefits of this exciting partnership with CityJet providing exclusive discounted offers on tickets for the Guinness PRO14 Final, access to the Captain’s Run ahead of the big game while everyone stepping onto a CityJet flight will have the opportunity to win tickets to the Final Series.
CityJet operates up to eight flights daily between Dublin and London City airports and offers complimentary drinks and snacks on board plus free seat selection and bag in hold.
Dermot Rigley, Commercial & Marketing Director of the league, welcomed the new deal which he feels shows the growing brand that is the Pro14.
‘Our partnership with CityJet is just the latest illustration of the appeal that the Guinness PRO14 has for premium brands as we continue to go from strength to strength after expanding into South Africa.
‘We have six thrilling games to look forward to in the Guinness PRO14 Final Series, including a Play-Off for a place in next season’s European Champions Cup. Leinster and Cardiff Blues are representing the Championship in this year’s European Finals in Bilbao which is a great indication of the calibre of rugby in the Guinness PRO14.’
And for their part CityJet, who continue to invest in the game of rugby, are proud to add the league to their existing partnerships. Pat Byrne, the airline’s Executive Chairman said ‘We are delighted to come on board as the Official Airline of the Guinness PRO14 Final Series. We have always been very supportive of sport and rugby, in particular, and are official partner to Leinster Rugby.’
Munster take on Edinburgh in the first semi final play off on Saturday, with Scarlets v Toyota Cheetahs facing the Cheetahs in the later game.
2nd May 2018
CityJet partner up with the Pro14
Cityjet to resume Florence route
The regional airline says fares on the route will start from £64, with flights scheduled to depart London at 10:45 and return from Florence at 16:30 on weekdays. There will also be early morning departures on Saturdays and late afternoons on Sundays.
Pat Byrne, executive chairman of Cityjet, said: “We have been serving Florence for many years and we are delighted to return to the route after the winter break. London City to Florence has always proved to be a very popular route with our customers and we look forward to welcoming existing and new customers on board this summer.”
CityJet in talks to extend Air France deal as it adds Brussels Airlines jet
CityJet is in talks with Air France to extend an existing agreement to operate flights out of Paris on behalf of the larger carrier, according to CityJet executive chairman Pat Byrne.
An existing agreement to operate six routes from Paris for Air France, including one to Dublin, expires next March.
But Mr Byrne told the Irish Independent that the talks with Air France on extending the arrangement are progressing well.
Dublin-based CityJet serves Dublin, Dusseldorf, Newcastle, Stuttgart, Turin and Hanover from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, where it has four aircraft. "I'd hope there will be another extension," said Mr Byrne, who added that CityJet had previously secured an extension to the deal up to the end of March next year.
Air France acquired full ownership of CityJet, which was founded by Mr Byrne, in 2000. Air France sold it in 2013 to Germany's Intro Aviation, which in turn sold it to Mr Byrne and investors in 2016.
Mr Byrne said that within the past two weeks, CityJet has also added a fourth jet to its wet leasing service for Brussels Airlines, part of the Lufthansa group, boosting the number deployed there to four.
CityJet signed an initial deal with Brussels Airlines earlier this year and began operating flights for the carrier in April. The jets in use by CityJet at Brussels Airlines are Sukhoi SuperJets.
Mr Byrne said the aircraft had been well received by customers and Brussels Airlines, prompting the deployment of the fourth Sukhoi with the carrier. CityJet currently has six Sukhois in its fleet.
He said that the certification process for the Sukhoi SuperJet for use at London City Airport continues.
The aircraft's winglets have already been redesigned in order to help slow it on approach, allowing it to land with a greater weight on board, he explained.Mr Byrne said he expects that certification will be secured for use at London City towards the end of 2019, allowing CityJet to use the jet there that year or by 2020.
CityJet posted a €30.2m loss last year due to exceptional costs. Its loss from operations was €1.8m. Revenue hit €198.2m in 2016 and is expected to be €276m this year. The airline is increasingly focused on generating more revenue from wet leasing activity than from scheduled operations.
CityJet announced it it will retain its fleet of ARJ-85s in service beyond their previously anticipated 2018/18 retirement timeline
CityJet currently operates fifteen of the type with an average age of just over eighteen years. The quadjets were to have been withdrawn from service with the introduction of the carrier's incoming fleet of fifteen SSJ 100-95s of which five have thus far been delivered.
The ARJ85s are primarily deployed to London City, Amsterdam, Copenhagen Kastrup, Dublin Int'l, and Paris CDG where they are used on flights to Italy, France, Latvia, Germany, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Poland, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, and the Netherlands, both on its own scheduled services and on ACMI flights operated for Air France (AF, Paris CDG), KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL, Amsterdam) and SAS Scandinavian Airlines (SK, Copenhagen Kastrup).
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