Kazakhstan based Bek Air signed an agreement for the delivery of seven Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJs) airliners at the 2014 Farnborough International Airshow.
The long-range aircraft are planned for delivery in full economy configuration with the capacity to carry 103 passengers: three aircraft in 2015 and four in 2016.
Bek Air is currently flying along 14 national routes in Kazakhstan carrying up to 500,000 passengers annually. In future, the airline expects to expand its route network in Kazakhstan, establish new routes to Russia, Asia and the Middle East.
Meanwhile the Russian Aviation Register of Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC AR) certified that the Sukhoi Superjet 100 can be operated on narrow 30-meter-wide (about 120 feet) runways without any changes in design of the aircraft. Two test aircraft took part in flight tests, which were performed at Ramenskoe aerodrome (near Moscow), as well as at Karlovy Vary IAP in the Czech Republic where the runway is 30 meters wide.
Tests, including simulation of aircraft functional systems’ failure as well as rejected take-offs, demonstrated that the SSJ100 aircraft is able to take off and land successfully on the narrow runway, no matter whether it is dry or wet.