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Russian airlines may buy SSJ100 from Ireland
The six planes used by the Irish airline CityJet may be bought by the Russian carrier. Irkut corporation plans to carry out the deal. The European carrier refused to use these aircraft.
According to "Merchant», SSJ100 aircraft were leased to an Irish company in 2017 accompanied by VEB.RF. The term of the transaction was 12 years, with residual value guaranteed by the manufacturer. This means that at the end of the transaction, the carrier could return the aircraft for 40% of the original value or refund the difference on resale.
At first it was planned that CityJet will receive 15 aircraft, but the company managed to receive only seven. But due to problems with maintenance and a lack of spare parts, the carrier refused to operate them.
It is not yet clear which Russian company will receive the aircraft for use, negotiations with potential customers have not yet been completed. However, if the buyout transaction takes place, then Irkut will be able to apply for state subsidies upon purchase.