The Sukhoi Superjet 100 has gained Russian certification, more than two-and-a-half years after the first prototype embarked on its maiden flight.
SuperJet International has secured another key export order for the SSJ100 airliner, while acknowledging that certification of the type has stalled once again. Sukhoi now expects Russian approval for the 100-seater at the end of January–a month past the most recent slipped deadline of December 28.
Former Alenia executive Carlo Logli (senior vice president of strategies and business development) replaced Alessandro Franzoni as CEO of Superjet International as part of a management shakeup that saw Franzoni move to Alenia Aermacchi to become its chief operating officer. Meanwhile, Alenia Aermacchi CEO Carmelo Cosentino replaced Amedeo Caporaletti as Superjet International’s chairman of the board.
Russia’s UTAir plans to acquire as many as 24 Sukhoi Superjet 100-95s as replacements for its aged Tupolev Tu-134s, Sukhoi general director Mikhail Pogosyan confirmed during a late November press conference held at the airline’s headquarters in the western Siberian city of Khanty-Mansiysk. UTAir, Russia’s fourth largest airline, expects to take delivery of its first SSJ100 in 2013.
It certainly won’t send an aviation enthusiast’s heart racing like the promise of nimble flying characteristics or technical wizardry in the cockpit, but how an OEM supports its product after the sale perhaps means as much to an airline as any performance specification one might care to name.
Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SCAC) flew the first production Sukhoi Superjet 100–S/N 95007–for the first time today from the site of the company’s final assembly plant in Komsomolsk Upon Amur, Russia.
The Sukhoi Superjet 100 last month passed a noise-testing program involving eight certification flights from Italy’s Turin-Cuneo Levaldigi Airport. According to Sukhoi, preliminary results show full compliance with ICAO CAEP IV noise requirements.
India will join Russia in the development of a fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) as well as a multirole transport aircraft (MTA). At a meeting in Delhi, the defense ministers of both countries confirmed the projects, although India has not yet signed a draft $300 million preliminary design contract for the FGFA. The MTA agreement was signed last month, when Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.
The third Sukhoi Superjet 100 landed in Italy for the first time on August 25 at Turin’s Caselle Airport, where it continued its flight-test campaign in preparation for expected year-end certification. The aircraft (prototype S/N 950004) took off from Sukhoi Civil Aircraft’s flight-test center in Zhukovsky, near Moscow.
Novato, Calif.-based Willis Lease Finance, a leading lessor of commercial jet engines, last month signaled its intention to enter the regional jet leasing business by signing an MOU with Superjet International covering the purchase of six Sukhoi Superjet 100s and options for four more.