The fleet of Dassault Falcon jets in Russia and the CIS countries has doubled over the past five years, with more than 60 Falcon jets now in operation, according to Gilles Gautier, vice president of sales for Dassault Aviation. Seven new aircraft were delivered in the region in the first half of 2013 alone, accounting for 15 percent of Dassault Falcon’s worldwide deliveries.
Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SCAC) last Thursday gained Russian certification of a long-range version of the Superjet 100 known as the SSJ100-95LR, following 115 hours of testing during 60 flights since February 15. Five percent more thrust generated by the airplane’s Powerjet SaM146 turbofans and strengthened wings increase the airplane’s range to 2,472 nm from 1,590 and maximum takeoff weight to 109,109 pounds from 101,150.
RusAero has become established as a leading source for civil aviation support services in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States, handling or facilitating movements mainly from abroad.
The center, which the company claims is the first in the country to be opened by a western rotorcraft maker, is located at Ostafievo Airport near Moscow. It is being run in partnership with Gazpromavia, the flight department of Russian energy group Gazprom, which is a Eurocopter operator.