Sukhoi today delivered the first Sukhoi Superjet 100 to Armenian airline Armavia. The ceremony took place at Zvartnots airport in what is an important date for the ambitious Superjet project.
“The delivery of the first production aircraft is the key milestone of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 Project. The event opens a new stage of the programme – the beginning of commercial operation and full-scale serial production,” said Mikhail Pogosyan, President of United Aircraft Corporation and General Director of Sukhoi.
“No doubt that the new Russian aircraft will be a perfect operating tool in fleet of Armavia and our colleagues from Superjet International will give full support to Armenian national carrier and provide timely and high quality aftersales support,” Pogosyan said.
“We are very grateful for such an aircraft. This is definitely a great milestone for the Russian aerospace industry, because this SSJ00 is in fact the first production aircraft of modern Russia, created in partnership with world-wide aerospace leaders. We congratulate everybody with such a significant achievement!” said Armavia owner Mikhail Bagdasarov.
Armavia plans to perform flights to Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Sochi and Ukraine.
Armenia’s Armavia airline bought four Superjets in 2007. Sukhoi currently has 122 firm orders for the type and hopes to sell more than 700, with 35% going to North America, 25% to Europe, 10% to Latin America and 7% to Russia and China. Russia’s flag carrier Aeroflot has orders for 40 Superjets and will be the second airline to receive the aircraft.
In January Mexico’s second largest airline, Interjet, ordered 15 Superjets for US$650 million, according to RIA Novosti. This marked the first contract for the Superjet from a Latin American country.
Sukhoi developed the Superjet 100 family of medium-haul passenger jets to compete against offerings from Embraer and Bombardier. Sukhoi claims its aircraft is cheaper to operate and less expensive to procure.
Sukhoi developed the Superjet with assistance from American and European aviation companies, including Boeing, Snecma, Thales, Honeywell, Messier Dowty and Liebherr Aerospace.
Italy’s Finmeccanica has a 25% stake in the Superjet programme. In 2007 Finmecannica’s Alenia subsidiary formed the Superjet International joint venture with Sukhoi, which is responsible for marketing, sales and aircraft delivery in Europe, the America’s, Africa, Japan and Oceania, as well as worldwide logistic support.
The Superjet is capable of carrying between 75 to 98 passengers up to a range of 4 400 kilometres.