November 2, 2018 / 12:51 PM / a month ago

Brussels Airlines replaces Russia's Sukhoi planes over technical issues

BRUSSELS, Nov 2 (Reuters) - Belgium’s Brussels Airlines has decided to replace four leased Russian Sukhoi planes due to technical problems that caused the cancellation of several flights, a spokeswoman said on Friday.

The company has been leasing the four Sukhoi’s Superjet 100s since 2017 from Irish firm CityJet but agreed with CityJet to phase them out from October and replace them with Canada’s Bombardier CRJ-900 planes.

A spokeswoman for Brussels Airlines, owned by Germany’s Lufthansa, said the planes showed technical problems that forced the company to cancel “multiple flights” over the summer. She said passenger feedback about the planes was very positive but the company did not have sufficient experience to solve the technical problems arising from the new-generation Sukhoi planes. “We have a contract with CityJet, and it is being implemented,” a spokesman for Sukhoi said, without giving details on what would happen to the four Sukhoi planes.

Reporting by Francesco Guarascio in Brussels and Gleb Stolyarov in Moscow Editing by Edmund Blair

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