The first Sukhoi Superjet 100 destined for the new regional division of Russia’s UTair rolled out of its paint hangar at Spektr-Avia in Ulyanovsk, Russia, on May 29. Scheduled for delivery to UTair Express by early this month, the airplane features a special livery developed by UTair Group and Sukhoi Civil Aircraft. Featuring bright folk patterns in the traditional Russian style, the paint job took more than 120 gallons of enamel and 3,600 feet of stencil to complete.
Configured in a single-class, 103-seat cabin arrangement, the airplane is the first of six new long-range SSJ100 LRs scheduled for delivery to UTair Express this year under a three-party contract signed at last year’s Moscow Air Show by SCAC, UTair Aviation and Russia’s VEB-Leasing. The SSJ100 LR comes equipped with Powerjet SaM146s rated to produce 5 percent more thrust than those fitted to standard Superjets, boosting range to 2,470 nm and maximum takeoff weight to 109,000 pounds.