Irish regional CityJet CEO impressed with bidders

CityJet Dornier 328By Alan Dron

Irish regional CityJet CEO Christine Ourmières said she is impressed with the caliber of bidders for the carrier.

Air France-KLM is seeking a buyer for the subsidiary and is expected to decide on the future home of CityJet this summer. Two or three bidders are understood to have expressed interest.

“We’re waiting for our shareholder to decide on exclusivity [in the negotiations] quite soon,” Ourmières said on the sidelines of the European Regions Airline Association conference in Edinburgh.

“We’ve been very happy with the process so far [and] happy to see quite positive interest from the market; the bidders in the race are very serious players who have put forward serious proposals. All of them have ideas to develop the company. All of them are a little bit different from each other but all see the potential of development.”

CityJet operates a mixed fleet of Avro RJs and Fokker 50s and there has been speculation over replacements for the two aging types.

Ourmières is cautious on the future shape of the fleet: “I think that will depend on the choice of the investor,” she said.

Sourced by ATW

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