Estonian appoints Skytech-AIC for CRJ900 remarketing

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Estonian Air has hired Skytech-AIC to remarket three Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen aircraft.

The 2011-build aircraft are currently in operation with Estonian Air and will be available in the fourth quarter of 2012.

The aircraft, MSNs 15261, 15262 and 15276, are being offered for sale or lease.

Last month, Estonian confirmed plans to replace its CRJ900s with up to 12 Embraer E-Jets, just a year after taking delivery of the Canadian-built type.

The carrier will lease an initial four 170s from Finnair and has agreed to purchase three 175s and a 190 for delivery in 2014. Embraer indicated that Estonian would also take another four 190s under third-party or lease agreements.

Estonian's CRJ900s were introduced in 2011 as part of a fleet modernisation deal brokered by SAS Group, which previously owned 49% of the carrier. The first aircraft was delivered in January 2011, by which time SAS Group had opted to divest most of its stake in Estonian Air.

The aircraft are financed with Export Development of Canada guaranteed financing.

The third aircraft, MSN 15276, was delivered on 15 December 2011.