A little more than a month after suffering a fatal accident involving a demonstration airplane, the Sukhoi Superjet program staged a fairly quick rebound with the sale of six SSJ100-95s to Russia’s second largest airline, Transaero. Announced in late June, the deal includes options on another 10 airplanes, raising the potential value to $566.4 million based on list prices.
Transaero Airlines general director Olga Pleshakova and United Aircraft president Mikhail Pogosyan signed the contract during the 16th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg, Russia.
“Transaero Airlines deems it to be its duty to back the country’s aircraft industry, the success of which much depends on firm orders for the produced jetliners,” said Pleshakova. “Those SSJ100 aircraft after being added to our fleet will take part in [the] realization of a very ambitious challenge which Russian civil aviation faces: the development of affordable regional air transportation.”
Schedules call for deliveries to start in 2015 and continue through 2017, said Sukhoi. Transaero ordered the airplanes in a two-class, 90-seat cabin configuration (eight in business class and 82 in economy).