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WELCOME

Happy New Year!

Welcome to the first

Velocity

of 2017.

With the festive season now behind us, this is

the time where we all start to look to the coming

year and what it may bring, be it in our personal

or business lives. Here at CityJet, we are certainly

looking forward to a busy year as we continue to

consolidate and build our airline.

In 2016, we increased employment at CityJet by

over 50 per cent, brought our fleet from 18 to 26

aircraft – including buying our ever-first brand-

new aircraft – and expanded our business scope to

include major operations in the Nordic region and

charter services throughout Europe.

2017 will see a continuation of our fleet growth,

with nine more aircraft scheduled for delivery to us

by July – four Bombardier CRJ900s, which we will

use on our wet lease contract for SAS (Scandinavian

Airlines) from the end of March, and five more

Superjet SSJ100s, which will be used on further wet

lease services for other airlines and growth in our

scheduled and charter businesses.

We are also planning to grow our leisure services

this year, with our Toulon-London City and

Avignon-London City routes running for a longer

season, with increased frequency on both. Avignon

is a fabulous town to visit and a great gateway to the

Provence and Vaucluse regions, whilst Toulon opens

up the fantastic resorts along the Côte d'Azur and is,

of course, home to RC Toulon, one of France’s top

rugby teams. ese two fantastic destinations in the

south of France are well worth a visit, be it a short

break or longer getaway.

With the January sales now in full swing, many

bargain-hunting CityJet customers during this

period travel home with a lot more baggage than the

outward journey. is is not a problem with CityJet’s

free baggage allowance, so enjoy your trip and shop

’til you drop!

As you will see later in this issue, our annual

“Santa Flight”, in support of Temple Street Children’s

University Hospital in Dublin, took place on 7th

December and was thoroughly enjoyed by all the

children on board. e 45-minute flight had a

special visit from Santa, and all were treated to

an amazing party in Dublin Airport upon their

return. My sincere thanks go to all involved in this

event, including St. Peter’s Male Voice Choir from

Drogheda, the girls from Loreto College, Balbriggan,

who led the singing on board, and the many suppliers

and partners who assisted, including Dublin Airport

Authority, Dublin Airport Police & Fire Service, Sky

Handling Partner, Gate Gourmet, Shell Aviation and,

of course, all the CityJet staff involved.

PAT BYRNE

Executive Chairman, CityJet

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