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Air Nostrum and CityJet set for Tie-up

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Spanish carrier Air Nostrum is poised to partner with Irish counterpart CityJet to create a new European regional airline group.

The deal, announced on July 17 during the Farnborough International Airshow, will see the carriers merge under the umbrella of a new holding company but retaining their separate identities.  This, Air Nostrum CEO Carlos Bertomeu said, will enable the airlines to pool their assets and expertise to bid for wet-leasing business on the Continent.

CityJet’s executive chairman Pat Byrne added: “By coming together, we believe we will be in a position to respond to the specific needs of customer airlines through our flexibility in the provision of safe, dependable and quality-assured operations.”

The shareholding of the two parties – which will offer a combined fleet of almost 100 aircraft, the majority of which are Bombardier CRJs – in the new entity is still “to be defined”.

Byrne foresees that the combined airline will make “tactical use” of its various air operator certificates (AOCs) – planned to be either “three or four in total” – for “specific missions or specific customers”, matching AOCs and their incumbent aircraft to third-party operators as required.

The tie-up remains subject to regulatory approval but is expected to be concluded by the end of this year.

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