30 APRIL 2018
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Memorandums of understanding for the delivery of 40 Russian Sukhoi Superjet-100 (SSJ-100) passenger aircraft to Iran have been signed by Moscow and Tehran. The announcement was made by Sukhoi Civil Aircraft president Aleksandr Rubtsov.
Iran will receive the new SSJ-100R version of the airliner by 2022, according to Rubtsov. Initially, both parties considered a deal for 100 aircraft, but they required approval from the US Office of Foreign Assets Control.
This was because the Superjet has many US-made components. Sukhoi has reduced the proportion of these to less than 10%, which means no US approval is now required.
“So far, we have signed two agreements of intent with two Iranian airlines (Iran Air Tours and Aseman Airlines) on deliveries of 20 Sukhoi Superjet aircraft in the RRJ-95R (SSJ100R) modification for each of these companies,” Rubtsov said.
He added that the contract will be signed by the end of 2018. The catalogue price for an SSJ100R is about US$52m.
The aircraft is Russia’s newest twin-engine regional passenger type and began operating commercially in 2011. More than 60 aircraft are in service with airlines in Laos, Mexico, and Russia. European lead customer is CityJet (BTN 20 June 2016).
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