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First Sukhoi Superjet 100 to be delivered this month – 2.5 years late

February 3, 2011

Embraer E-Jet: Wikipedia

The Sukhoi Superjet 100 is a modern, fly-by-wire regional jet in the 75- to 95-seat category. The Superjet 100 will be produced by Russian aerospace firm Sukhoi’s civil division, of which Finmeccanica of Italy owns 25%. The jet airliner is being developed in collaboration with Finmeccanica subsidiary Alenia Aeronautica.

The SSJ is designed to compete against the Embraer E-Jets and the Bombardier CRJ programs. The SSJ aims for lower operating costs than its Embraer or Bombardier counterparts for the price of $31.7 million.

The deliveries were first scheduled to begin in late 2008, and Sukhoi predicted that 163 units of all variations of the Superjet 100 would be delivered by the end of 2016. On 7 July 2008, Sukhoi officially confirmed that the original schedule was too optimistic, and first deliveries would begin in December 2009.

Bombardier CRJ: image

In September 2010, the CEO of SuperJet International said that certification was expected in November 2010. In October 2010, the Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SN95004) passed noise testing carried out under the auspices of Russian and European certification authorities (AR IAC and EASA respectively). On 4 November 2010, the first production Superjet (SN95007) intended for Armavia was test flown.

Now the first delivery is scheduled for this month but – ominously – only after  “further tests”. This schedule is likely to slip but perhaps not by much.

Ria Novosti reports:

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Sukhoi Superjet 100 at the MAKS 2009 Airshow. image Wikimedia

The delivery of the first Sukhoi Superjet 100 to Armenian Armavia airlines is scheduled for next month, officials in the Russian Far Eastern Khabarovsk region said on Wednesday.

The SN 95007 will be handed over to Armavia after further tests, regional transport minister Sergei Ivashkin said, adding that 64 test flights had already been conducted.

The Superjet 100 is a family of medium-haul passenger aircraft developed by Sukhoi in cooperation with U.S. and European aviation corporations, including Boeing, Snecma, Thales, Messier Dowty, Liebherr Aerospace and Honeywell.

The tally for orders for the plane has reached 170, with more regional airlines expected to line up as customers. Russian flagship carrier Aeroflot has signed for 40 Superjets.

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