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CityJet Seeks To Extend Deal With Air France

By Dave Simpson
CityJet Seeks To Extend Deal With Air France

CityJet executive chairman Pat Byrne has announced that the airline is currently in talks to extend an existing agreement to operate flights out of Paris on behalf of Air France.

According to The Irish Independent, the current agreement, which involves the operation of six routes out of Paris for Air France, including a Dublin service, is due to expire in March. However, Byrne asserted that discussions about extending the agreement are developing favourably.

CityJet was fully acquired by Air France in 2000 before the latter airline sold it to Germany's Intro Aviation four years ago, which subsequently sold it to originally founder and current executive chairman Byrne and investors last year.

Earlier in 2017, CityJet also entered into a deal with Brussels Airlines to run flights on behalf of the Belgian carrier using Sukhoi Superjets. Byrne stated that Cityjet is currently in the process of acquiring certification to operate Sukhoi Superjets from London City Airport, which he anticipates will be secured in late 2019.