Recently Sukhoi announced they hoped to start delivering the Superjet 100 to airlines by mid-year. Now they are saying it won’t be until the end of this year. “The first planes should arrive at the end of 2010,” Deputy Transportation Minister Valery Okulov said without elaborating. Previous reports show delays are from the engines issues.
Sukhoi was originally looking to start deliveries of the Superjet in late 2008. The aircraft already has orders from Russian and European customers. The Superjet will hold 75 to 95 passengers, be able to fly about 2,500 miles and compete with the Bombardier CRJ’s, Embraer E-Jets and China’s ARJ21. It is also expected to replace aging TU-134 and Yak-42 aircraft.
So far Aeroflot, Russian’s flag carrier, holds the largest number of orders. This would be the first new airliner built by Russia since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.