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Sukhoi Superjet-100 first commercial passenger flight

Thursday, April 21, 2011 · Category Business · comments 0

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Today on thursday the 21st of April 2011 Armenian airline Armavia completed the first passenger flight of Russia's newest commercial plane, the Sukhoi Superjet 100. The plane carried 90 passengers arriving at Moscow's Sheremetevo Airport. The aircraft was delivered to Armavia at a ceremony in Armenia on Wednesday.

The aircraft is capable of carrying 75-95 passengers up to 4,500 kilometers. Armavia, which bought four of the planes in 2007, plans to use the aircraft to conduct flights to Moscow, St Petersburg, Sochi and Ukraine. More information about the Sukhoi Superjet-100 can be found here and here.

Sukhoi Superjet-100 production stages

Currently, there are 17 models in production at different stages of completion. The company plans to manufacture at least 14 Superjet 100s this year, and 25 in 2012, and intends to sell 35% of them to the United States, 25% to Europe, 10% to Latin America, and 7% to Russia and China.

Production delays for Sukhoi Superjet-100

Last December Aeroflot increased its order for Sukhoi Superjet-100 planes to 40 from 30 with the first batch of planes to be delivered in March 2011 after the previous deadline of end of December 2010 was not reached.

Russia's flagship airline carrier Aeroflot, once summoned by Prime-Minister Putin to start buying Russian Sukhoi Superjet-100's, is now preparing a proposal for the government to fine the aircraft producer Sukhoi for the third delay in delivering Sukhoi Superjet 100 airliners.

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