Sukhoi Superjet receives EASA certification

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Sukhoi’s Superjet has been granted its European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification, paving the way for operation in and delivery to European countries.

The receipt of the Superjet’s EASA Type Certificate marks the first time a Russian passenger jet has been certified according to EASA CS-25, Sukhoi said.

Patrick Goudou, Executive Director of the EASA, handed over the certificate during a ceremony on Friday at the headquarters of the Interstate Aviation Committee in Moscow. Representatives of the Russian Government, European and Russian Aviation Authorities and aircraft industry were present.

The EASA issued Type Certificate A-176 for the Sukhoi Superjet 100 (RRJ-95B) on February 3. The validation allows European airlines and carriers operating in countries using EASA regulations as reference standard, accept and operate the SSJ100 (RRJ-95B) aircraft.

The European validation programme included several dedicated flight and ground tests. In particular the EASA pilots went through numerous sessions on the SSJ100 integrated simulator and participated in 45 certification flights (total duration about 70 flight hours) in order to prove the safety and in-flight performance of the SSJ100 aircraft.
“The job we have done together is really great. We thank our colleagues from the EASA and IACAR for their big support sincerely,” said Vladimir Prisyazhnyuk, President of the Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company.
“The European certification is key milestone in getting worldwide recognition of our aircraft which will open up new perspectives for the Sukhoi Superjet 100 in the international markets. Thanks to the experience and dedication of the fully integrated multicultural SSJ100 Team, the EASA Certificate has been granted only one year after the achievement of the IAC AR Type Certificate,” he said.

This year Sukhoi plans to deliver 20 Superjets. Of these, ten will go to foreign customers, including four to Interjet, three to Laos Central Airlines and three to PT Sky Aviation. The remaining ten will be delivered to Aeroflot and Armenia’s Armavia, which was the fist customer to receive the type.

Each aircraft is worth approximately US$35.4 million.

GSS CEO Vladimir Prisyajnyuk said that this year Armavia is expected to sign a contract for an additional 5-6 aircraft for delivery from 2014.

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.