Aug 16, 2012

Armavia cannot reject second Sukhoi SuperJet

Armenian national carrier Armavia cannot reject the second Sukhoi SuperJet (SSJ), without having paid for the first one, official representative of the Civil Jets Sukhoi (CJS) Andrey Muravyev told Armenian He confirmed reports spread by the Russian outlets that Armavia owes the CJS $4 million for the first SSJ, currently the jet is at the CJS for examination. Everything depends on Armavia, if the company pays for the jet, it will come to Armenia.
Besides, the debt for the first jet hampers rejection from the second jet, as the contract was concluded for two jets at once.
In response to the question about the price for the first jet, Muravyev said it made about $25-26 million. Whereas Armavia has concluded a contract with the BTB-Armenia bank in the amount of $55-60 million for purchasing the two jest.


Aug 6, 2012

Armavia refuses to take back repaired Sukhoi Superjet 100 plane

Armavia Armenian airline company has refused to take back repaired Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft. The company currently owns two SSJ planes.
“We haven’t issued any official statements. We find having the repaired aircraft back inappropriate,” the company’s press service reported.
Earlier, Sukhoi Civil Aircraft CJSC noted that Armenian Air Company is reluctant to pay off its debts for aircraft maintenance. According to the company’s representative Andrey Muraviev, “Armavia” SSJ is currently in Zhukovsky flight test center.


Armavia gives Superjet-100 the boot

The first customer of the Sukhoi Superjet-100 airliner has decided it’s no longer going to fly the type. Armenian airline Armavia became the launch customer of the 100 seat aircraft taking delivery of a plane in 2011.
Armavia has refused to go through with the purchase of a second plane, and both are now at the Sukhoi civil aircraft test facility in Zhukovsky outside Moscow.
The RBC daily quotes the plane maker’s spokesman Andrei Muraviev, “So far we haven’t received any official request to cancel the purchase. We are trying to resolve all issues arising in relations with Armavia.”
Another source familiar with the situation told the newspaper that Armavia owes Sukhoi money for servicing of the first plane and refuses to pay.  Armavia reportedly used a loan from an Armenian bank to acquire the plane.
Sukhoi Civil Aircraft has reportedly already offered to restructure the deal with the Armenian airline, and arrange delivery of both Sukhoi aircrafts through a leasing company.

"The plane is not bad, but not perfect. Airbuses and Boeings fly 330-350 hours per month, while the Sukhoi spent only 150 hours flying, " RBC daily quotes a source close to Armavia. “The last straw was it spent four days clearing customs in Russia to have a two-day service. But Armavia warned Sukhoi in July that it will under no circumstances use the plane” says the source. “Armavia is a small company and cannot afford experimenting and Sukhoi has already returned the money paid for the plane excluding the $1 million servicing fee,” concludes the source.
Armavia started operating the first Sukhoi Superjet plane in April 2011. The second plane was expected to be handed to the carrier last year, but it delayed delivery. In early July 2012 representatives of the Armenian airline said the airline had decided to give up the second Sukhoi  SuperJet to buy aircraft from Boeing and Airbus, which offer cheaper servicing and spare parts.
According to Armavia President Mikhail Bagdasarov, Russia has also not worked out a scheme of financing the supply of equipment to foreign companies by providing government guarantees such as lower rates for loans.
Branded as the first civilian aircraft developed from scratch in modern Russia, the SSJ-100 consists of more than 60% internationally produced components. Sukhoi however claims the jet has relatively low service costs and a fuel consumption advantage over its competitors, which would potentially bring Sukhoi new contracts, particularly after the Russian Accounting Chamber reported that the Sukhoi project has been severely underfunded through state-run programs.
Another headache is that commercial loans cannot fill in the gap as the manufacturer, Sukhoi Civil Aircraft, has too large a debt portfolio to take any out. In 2003-2010, the federal government spent a total of $518 million on the SSJ-100 project through the aircraft development program, while Sukhoi drew another $842 million in off-budget investment. This means that more than $1.3 billion has already been spent on the SSJ-100, and is more than it was spent on the development of similar jets by Canada’s Bombardier and Brazil’s Embraer which required around $600 million each, and $100 million spent on the Tupolev TU-334 since 1992.
The Sukhoi Superjet-100 has suffered a series of setbacks in the past few months after a tragic crash during a demonstration flight in Indonesia on May 9 that killed 45 people on board. The crash, however, was attributed to human error.
A Sukhoi Superjet-100 airliner with 64 passengers and six crew members on board had to make an emergency landing at Sheremetyevo Airport last week due to a technical problem, RIA-Novosti reported on Friday.
At the recent Farnborough Air Show, many potential customers were reluctant to commit after the Indonesian accident, suspending orders until the results of the investigation are announced.  Sukhoi did not conclude any contracts, only announcing that Mexico’s Interjet’s option has been turned into an order, and that the company plans to bring the number of jets on its portfolio to 210 over the next few months, signing contracts with three Asian airlines.


Aug 5, 2012

50 Syrians arrive in Armenian capital on Armavia plane

Armavia air company operated an additional Yerevan-Aleppo-Yerevan flight at 2:1 pm local time on August 2 despite its unprofitability.
According to the company’s press service, Yerevan- Aleppo flight operated without passengers.
The number of passengers arriving in Armenian capital from Aleppo totaled 50, Armavia press service told PanARMENIANNet.
SAG-200 50-seat plane was operating Yerevan-Aleppo-Yerevan flight.


“Armavia” implemented Yerevan-Aleppo the first additional flight

Armenian national air carrier “Armavia” company on August 2 at 14:01 o’clock implemented Yerevan-Aleppo-Yerevan the first additional flight. Armenpress was informed from press service of the company that the airplane from Yerevan to Aleppo left without passengers because of absence of demand. It is planned that the airplane from Aleppo will arrive in Yerevan at 18:25 o’clock.
The flight was implemented by SAG-200 airplane which has 50 seats. The number of passengers at situation of 16:00 was 47 people. “Armavia implemented the flight staying loyal to his word despite the non-profitability of the flight” is said in the massage spread by the company.
The first additional flight was planned on August 1 by plane Boing with 108 seats but because of the absence of the passengers did not take place.


Aug 1, 2012

August 1 Arvamia flight to Aleppo cancelled over lack of passengers

August 1 Armavia air company‘s Yerevan-Aleppo-Yerevan flight was cancelled over lack of passengers.
According to Armavia, the air company is ready to operate an additional flight in case of necessity.


Armavia plane repaired fully after bird appeared in turbine engine

The Armavia has mitigated the consequences of the incident when a bird appeared in the engine turbine of the plane, the company representative told Armenian
The Armenian national carrier said the plane was repaired and scheduled flights were restored.
As reported earlier, the Armavia national carrier postponed all the flights because of a bird on Monday. When one of the Armavia jets was landing in the noon at the Zvartnots international airport, a bird appeared in the engine turbine and brought forward serious damages.


“Armavia” to launch extra flights to Syria

“Armavia” company starts additioanl flights to Syria. “Armenpress” was informed by the Airline News Service that Yerevan-Aleppo-Yerevan additional flights are scheduled to be implemented since August 1.
“Despite the clashes in Syria, particularly in the city of Aleppo, the national air carrier “Armavia” air company demonstrating patriotism, lends a friendly hand to the Syrian Armenians in order to bring them out of war zone”, reads the statement made by the company.
Additional flights are planned to be carried out also on August 8, 15, 22 and 29. The flights will be implemented by “Boeing” aircraft with 108 seats.