Published on January 25th, 2018 | by Mark Dwyer


Cityjet to Restart London City to Florence Service as Sukhoi moves closer to Certification

CityJet will restart its daily service from London City Airport to Tuscan city of Florence from 25th March. The flights depart London at 1045 and from Florence at 16.30 on weekdays, with early morning departures on Saturdays and late afternoon on Sunday. The service will be operated by an Avro RJ85.

CityJet Executive Chairman Pat Byrne 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.

“There are probably few other destinations in Italy or indeed in Europe that offer the charm and the attractions of Florence. Many visitors to Florence are short stay weekenders or only have a few days in the city and so flying directly to the airport on its doorstep certainly makes sense.”

Sukhoi Certification for London City

Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Co. (SCAC) has flown its Superjet SSJ100 regional jet for the first time with its new wingtip configuration. The tip extensions, called “Saberlets” by the Russian manufacturer, were devised by SCAC and Russia’s Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI). The first flight, flown by test pilot Sergey Korostiev, took place on 21st December at Moscow Zhukovsky Airport and lasted 2 hours 42 minutes. Initial data indicates an improvement in take-off and landing characteristics and a reduction in fuel consumption of around 3%. Certification for London City Airport is expected before the end of the year. The Saberlets will available as a kit from Voronezh Joint-Stock Aircraft Building Society (VASO) to retrofit onto existing aircraft.

The Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100 gets airborne on its first flight with the “Saberlets” installed.

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Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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