After initially deploying wet-leased Sukhoi SSJ100 Superjets on several routes in Europe, Brussels Airlines has announced additional cities that will see the aircraft.
Beginning in June 2017 Bastia, Manchester, Stockholm (Bromma), and Strasbourg will have ‘SN’ flights operated by the SSJ100.
The SSJ100 is a short term solution as Brussels Airlines begins its phase-out of the Avro RJ100 ‘Jumbolino’ and begins to receive narrow body Airbus aircraft over the next several months as their replacement.
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As part of a wide ranging strategy to update and streamline fleet operations, Brussels Airlines will introduce the Sukhoi SSJ100 Superjet on several routes beginning March 26. Three SSJ100s will will be wet-leased from CityJet (Irish carrier) meaning that the aircraft will be operated by CityJet crew. CityJet is the only Western European airline to operate the Russian-made aircraft.
CityJet’s Sukhoi SSJ100 SuperJet. Photo Courtesy of CityJet
The lease arrangement is in place for 2 years as Brussels Airlines transitions away from the Avro RJ100 ‘Jumbolino’ and awaits A320 aircraft to be brought in as replacements for the Avro. As it stands today, the last 8 of Brussels Airlines Avro’s are scheduled to be removed from service by November 2017.
The Brussels Airlines destinations that will see the SuperJet will be Basel, Berlin Tegel, Birmingham, Bologna, Bordeaux, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Geneva, Gothenburg, Hamburg, Krakow, Milan Linate, Milan (Linate AND Malpensa), Nice, Prague, Venice, Vienna, and Warsaw.