9 MAY 2011
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Following final certification, the Armenian national carrier Armavia has introduced the new Sukhoi Superjet 100. Whilst the maiden flight from the airline’s hub at Yerevan was to Moscow it has already flown a scheduled sector to Venice Marco Polo Airport, the headquarters of Superjet International, a joint company with Finmeccanica, Italy’s second largest industrial conglomerate.
The first aircraft is named after the cosmonaut “Yuri Gagarin” and will be joined by a second aeroplane in June. There are currently 17 aircraft in serial production at various stages of completion, including six in the final assembly shop. This year Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company plans to deliver 13 aircraft in total.
The Sukhoi Superjet 100 is Russia’s first 21st century aircraft and is aimed at the same market as the established Embraer and Bombardier products with claimed far superior operating costs. To date orders have been received for 189 aircraft, Aeroflot due to take 30. The aircraft was put into commercial operation within an unprecedented short time after delivery. For the first week of service SSJ-100 has accumulated 24 flights, flying to Moscow, Athens, Donetsk, Aleppo, Tehran, Tel Aviv and Astrakhan, scoring approximately 50 flight hours. www.knaapo.ru/eng/index.wbp
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