CityJet (WX, Dublin Int'l) has firmed up its SSJ 100/95 plans following the signing of a preliminary agreement with Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (Zhukovsky) and SuperJet International last month. The Irish carrier committed to a firm lease agreement involving fifteen SSJ 100/95s during the just-ended 2015 Dubai Airshow.

Delivery of the first airframe is scheduled for March of next year with a second due in May or June while the third and fourth will arrive in July and/or August 2016. The remaining eleven airframes will be delivered on a monthly basis during the course of 2017, CityJet chairman Pat Byrne told AIN Online.

The type is expected to complete its certification for London City operations by the end of 2016. In the interim, the twinjets, which will replace CityJet's ageing fleet of eighteen ARJ-85s, will be used for charter operations.

As part of the package, Sukhoi will produce a retrofitable winglet upgrade which should be available by the end of 2017.