Published on January 2nd, 2019 | by Mark Dwyer


Brussels Airlines to end Cityjet Sukhoi Operation

President of Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Alexander Rubtsov has said that his company and Cityjet may cancel their cooperation in 2019. This comes after Brussels Airlines, who leases SSJ-100 aircraft from CityJet, announced its decision to abandon the aircraft. The Belgian airline has used four of CityJet’s Sukhoi Superjet 100s (SSJ100s) on some services since April 2017. That contract is scheduled to expire in March but reports recently indicate it will cease using the aircraft from this weekend.

“We have had very positive reactions from our passengers with the SSJ100,” a Brussels Airlines spokeswoman told Air Transport World, “but it is still a very young aircraft and it has had some ‘childhood diseases.’” Every time such teething problems cropped up, it took longer to get the aircraft back into service than it would have been with other types. This has affected reliability figures, she said.  She added that the Sukhoi was a good aircraft, but one whose youth had not been in its favour.

According to a report by, a new agreement has been reached between CityJet and Brussels Airlines for the wet-lease of four CRJ900s, with the first having already entered into service.  These will replace the 4 Sukhoi SSJ-100s previously used.

Sukhoi’s Alexander Rubtsov said “According to CityJet, our situation is as follows: they changed their business model, as you know, they abandoned the London City flight program and switched to a wet leasing model with Brussels Airlines and others. Therefore, we will have to diversify our contract, because we had one kind of agreements but life went on in a different way. Therefore, we do not exclude that there may be different turns in the fate of this contract. Most likely, the situation will become clear in the first quarter.”

In total Cityjet operated seven Sukhoi Superjet 100s (SSJ100s)

Registration Serial Number Delivery Date Comments
EI-FWA 95102 02/06/2016 Currently operating for Brussels Airlines
EI-FWB 95108 01/07/2016 Currently operating for Brussels Airlines
EI-FWC 95111 02/11/2016 In Storage – Venice
EI-FWD 95105 25/03/2017 In Storage – Shannon
EI-FWE 95117 08/05/2017 In Storage – Shannon
EI-FWF 95118 01/06/2017 Currently operating for Brussels Airlines
EI-FWG 95120 29/06/2018 In Storage – Venice

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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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