MIAMI — CityJet has become the second Western operator of the SuperJet International SSJ-100, after taking delivery of the first of 15 aircraft ordered by the airline.

The ceremony was held in Venice (Italy) at the SuperJet International’s premises where the first SSJ100 in the new CityJet livery was unveiled.

The 98-seat airliner (EI-FWA • MSN 95102) is the first of four SSJ100s to be delivered in 2016. The remaining 11 will be delivered throughout 2017. The carrier expects to use the first SSJ100s in charter operations, while progressively replacing its aging Avroliner fleet. London City operations will start in 2017 as more aircraft become available.

“The delivery of our first SSJ100 is an important milestone for CityJet as we begin our fleet renewal programme. This is a fantastic aircraft and we look forward to introducing our customers to its high levels of comfort and efficiency in the coming years,” said Pat Byrne, Executive Chairman of CityJet.

“We are very proud because CityJet is a reputable operator in the heart of Europe. This achievement highlights the development of the SSJ100 Program in Europe and in the international scenario. We know that the new customers are closely following us, focusing on the high advantages of the SSJ100 product and our robust and dependable technical support centralized in Europe,” said Nazario Cauceglia, Chief Executive Officer of SuperJet International.

Last October, CityJet and Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SCA) signed an agreement for 15 SSJ-100s plus 10 options. The price value of the agreement exceeds $1 billion, including options and services.