Browsing Tag: SuperJet 100

Yesterday, Jon Ostrower via his Flight Blogger site posted some pretty sweet photos of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 in Aeroflot livery and I wanted to share as well.

The Superjet is a new regional jet that will compete in the 75-100 seat market. The aircraft saw its first flight on May 19, 2008, but still has not made their first delivery. Last I heard and still according to their website, they were expecting to deliver the first aircraft during the fourth quarter of 2010. However Ostrower is reporting that the airliner is expected to earn Russian certification by the end of this month and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification in 2012. The Superjet has almost 200 orders and the first will be delivered to Aeroflot Armavia (updated: first two go to Armavia, then Aeroflot will get their first)

Recently Russian prime minister, Vladimir Putin put pressure on Aeroflot and their subsidiaries to purchase more Russian-built aircraft to help with their fleet modernization versus Airbus and Boeing. Currently Aeroflot has 40 Superjets on order with an option for 15 additional.

You can view more photos of the Superjet 100 via Sukhoi’s Flickr page.

Russian-made Sukhoi Superjet 100

Russian-made Sukhoi Superjet 100

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.

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