Sukhoi delivered the first of two Superjet 100 (SSJ 100) to Belgorad, Russia, based Centre-South Airlines, under a lease agreement.
The aircraft (MSN 95012) with the registration RA-89004 made the ferry flight from Sukhoi’s delivery centre at Zhukovsky to the Sheremetyevo International Airport on 22 March 2014. Centre-South, which have been operating for two decades, will fly both aircraft for AtlasJet’s charter flights. The aircraft has a total of 87 seats in a two-class layout design: 12 seats in business class and 75 in economy.
This week also Mexican Interjet received a new SSJ100, the sixth so far. That plane (MNS 95038) was rolled out of SuperJet International’s hangar in Venice (Italy) and took off from Venice Marco Polo airport for the ferry flight to Interjet facilities in Toluca (Mexico). During its ferry flight, the aircraft stopped in Keflyavik (Iceland) and Bangor (Maine, USA).
Overall it has been a mixed week for Sukhoi, because yet another airliner had to (temporarily) ground its Superjet fleet because of financial difficulties that had nothing to do with the aircraft itself.
Source: Sukhoi with additional reporting by AIRheads’ editor Marcel Burger