Sukhoi keeps Superjets coming

The company Superjet 100 (Image © Sukhoi)
The company Superjet 100 (Image © Sukhoi)

The Sukhoi design bureau keeps the Superjet 100 civilian airliners coming from its Alenia Aermacchi production facility in Italy. At least three steady customers received their next aircraft before Christmas.

The fourth Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) landed in Mexico on 24 November 2013 for Interjet. This aircraft (MNS 95036) was rolled out from SuperJet International’s hangar in Venice and took off from Venice Marco Polo airport for the ferry flight to Interjet facilities in Toluca in Mexico. During its ferry flight, stop-overs were made in Keflavik (Iceland) and Bangor (Maine, USA).

By September the three earlier delivered SSJ100s to Interjet already accumulated 1438 flight hours and 1399 flight cycles through 7 destinations in Mexico: Mexico City, Torreon, Aguascalientes, Campeche, Minatitlan, Zacatecas and Mazatlan.

In the meantime the fifth and the sixth aircraft to be delivered to Interjet are currently under completion at SuperJet International’s plant in Italy. Interjet ordered 20 SSJ100 plus 10 options in the 93-seats (34’ pitch) configuration. The exclusive and comfortable interior are designed by Italian Company Pininfarina, very well known for its work in the automotive business like on Ferrari sports cars.

Sky Aviation
On 18 December 2013 the third Superjet 100 was handed over to Indonesian airline Sky Aviation. The SSJ100 with serial number 95031 departed from Moscow to the airline’s base airport located in the capital of Indonesia — Jakarta. Sky Aviation has already received two SSJ100. These aircraft with serial numbers 95022 and 95027 have completed more than 800 flights with more than 1000 flight hours.

Sky Aviation operates flights with the SSJ100 on routes connecting the numerous islands of the Indonesian archipelago: Pontianak (Kalimatan Island), Palembang (Sumatra Island) and Natuna Ranay (Batam Island). With the new SSJ100 the airline plans to serve routes to Surabaya (Java Island), Denpasar (Bali Island), Labuan Bajo (Komodo Island) and Kupang (Timor Island). Sky Aviation, based at the International Airport Halim Perdanakusuma (Jakarta, Indonesia), was founded in 2010 and operates scheduled and charter flights to Indonesia.

Aeroflot
On 16 December 2013 Aeroflot gained its third Sukhoi Superjet after a ferry flight from the Delivery Center of CJSC Sukhoi Civil Aircraft in Zhukovsky, Russia, to Aeroflots base airport Moscow-Sheremetyevo. The aircraft was named after the USSR honored pilot, a veteran of Aeroflot — Pyotr Khmelnitsky. This Superjet 100 with tail number RA89017 is ready to run commercial flights on domestic and international routes. Aeroflot operates the SSJ100 aircraft on routes to cities in Russia, Germany, Sweden, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Ukraine and Belarus.

To date, Aeroflot is the largest operator of Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft, with a dozen of the type delivered. They have performed more than 16,000 commercial flights with a total of more than 24,000 flight hours.

As of December 2013 twenty-two SSJ100 were delivered to Russian and foreign customers.

Source: Sukhoi Company (JSC)

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