Jul 10, 2011

Second Sukhoy Superjet 100 Will Arrive In August Or September

The second Sukhoy Superjet 100 passenger aircraft will arrive in Armenia in August or September, Armavia national carrier president, Mikhail Bagdasarov, told journalists today.

The first Sukhoy Superjet 100 arrived on April 19, 2011. The cost of the aircraft is $24 million

Short-haul passenger aircraft Sukhoy Superjet 100 is designed to carry up to 98 passengers at a distance of 4,400 km.

Armavia has attracted about $40 million in loans for the purchase of aircrafts, Bagdasarov said.

"We are moving gradually away from the principle of leasing aircrafts, because it is more expedient now to acquire them," said Bagdasarov, explaining that renting and leasing prices are quite high, and the large supply of aircrafts at the market has led to significant declines in their prices.

He also declined media speculations that the carrier is threatened by bankruptcy.

Armavia was established in 1996. It meets the international requirements of IATA. Armavia operates more than 100 flights a week to over 40 destinations in 20 countries.

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