Irish airline Cityjet has announced that it will be ending its own scheduled flights. Instead, Cityjet will be operating on behalf of other airlines, which it has transitioned its operations to over recent years.
The airline currently operates a fleet of Sukhoi SSJ100s on behalf of Brussels Airlines around Europe, from their Brussels Hub. They also do the same for SAS, using a fleet of Bombardier CRJ900s, from various airports within Scandinavia
On the 27th of October 2018, will be the last day of their scheduled from Dublin to London City. However, 2 Avros RJ85s will be transferred to Aer Lingus Regional and the route will be flown on behalf of the Irish flag carrier, commencing on the 28th of October 2018.
The route will be operated 6 times a day, during the weekdays, with a reduced number of flights over the weekend. Passengers who have already made bookings for the flights from the 28th of October
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10th of September 2018 – The last day passengers will be able to submit for a full refund from Cityjet.
11th of September 2018 – Aer Lingus will start accepting all Cityjet bookings for flights on/after the 28th of October 2018.
1st of October 2018 – All passengers will receive new Aer Lingus bookings, with new reference numbers.
There has been speculation floating around various aviation forums, that the Avros will be repainted into full Aer Lingus Colours. If this happens it will be the first time a variant of the BAe 146 has been in the iconic Shamrock livery for 12 years, as they withdrew their last BAe 146 in 2006.
Once the Sukhoi SSJ100 is certificated for operations in/out of London City, will they replace the Avro RJ85s? Time will tell, this is an interesting development nevertheless.