Apr 19, 2011

Celebrations as First Superjet 100 is Delivered

The first Sukhoi Superjet 100 jet was delivered to launch customer Armavia (of Armenia) today at Zvartnots airport, with the aircraft being named after the first man in space, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin.
Sukhoi general director Mikhail Pogosyan said: "The delivery of the first production aircraft is the key milestone of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 project.  The event opens a new stage for the programme - the beginning of commercial operation and full-scale serial production."
Armavia ordered the aircraft in September 2007, and plans to use its aircraft on flights to Moscow, St Petersburg, Sochi and Ukraine. Airline owner Mikhail Bagdasarov remarked: "We are very grateful for such an aircraft.  This is definitely a great milestone for the Russian aerospace industry, because the SSJ100 is in fact the first production aircraft of modern Russia, created in partnership with world-wide aerospace leaders.  We congratulate everybody with such a significant achievement!"
The Superjet 100 (SSJ100) is manufactured by Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) in partnership with Alenia Aeronautica. The companies have a joint sales organisation for international sales, SuperJet International, which is based in Venice, Italy. The SSJ 100 is powered by two Powerjet SaM146 turbofan engines - Powerjet being a joint venture between Russia's NPO Saturn and Snecma of France.

Source: eraa.org

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