At the 2016 General Assembly of the European Regions Airline Association (ERA), from October 11 to 13 in Madrid, CityJet announced that it was pleased with the performance of the SaM146* engines powering its first two SSJ100 regional jets.
Speaking at a press conference organized as part of the ERA General Assembly, Pat Byrne, Executive Chairman of CityJet, reviewed the successful entry into service of the SaM146-powered Superjet 100 (SSJ100) regional jet. CityJet is the first European operator of this aircraft. “Our initial operations are proceeding perfectly, with aircraft dispatch reliability of 100%,” said Mr. Byrne. “Our pilots are delighted to fly this fantastic airplane and engine. Since the service entry, we have not experienced the slightest problem with its SaM146 engines. This engine also contributes to our financial performance thanks to its fuel consumption, which is even better than specifications.”
By the end of the year, the Irish regional carrier should take delivery of the third and fourth airplanes out of its initial firm order of 15; it also took options on 16 more SSJ100s. Based on this successful entry into service, Pat Byrne said that converting these options was still a strategic objective for the airline, no later than 2018.
Marc Sorel, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PowerJet, added, “We are very proud to be teaming up with CityJet, and we are very pleased with the performance of the SaM146, which is logging a dispatch reliability rate of 99.9%. It’s also worth noting that we signed the Letter of Intent with CityJet at ERA’s 2015 General Assembly, and we delivered the first airplane just eight months later.”
ERA’s annual awards recognize the European airline and airport of the year in gold, silver and bronze categories. At this year’s ceremony, CityJet was named Airline of the Year (Silver).
* The SaM146 engine was developed and is produced by PowerJet, a 50/50 company between Safran Aircraft Engines and Russian counterpart NPO Saturn.