Superjet Delivery To Test Western Market

By Maxim Pyadushkin
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology

Eirtech is not the only new partner in the SSJ 100 program. SCAC has signed agreements with some new foreign suppliers to support the increased production rates. A new Russian supplier will also work on the first VIP passenger cabin for the SSJ 100. SCAC expects to unveil this variant at the MAKS 2013 air show near Moscow, at the end of August. This will not be a full Sukhoi Business Jet variant with increased range, but a light-configuration airframe that will show the advantages of the SSJ 100 VIP cabin. This variant is to be certified and delivered to an undisclosed government customer by the end of the year.

According to Kalinovsky, the assembly line in Komsomolsk-on-Amur is fully booked until the end of 2014 with the current order backlog of 179 aircraft. The company is working on contracts for deliveries in 2015. At last month's Paris air show, it signed pacts with two leasing companies. Russian Ilyushin Finance Co. placed a preliminary order for 15 SSJ 100 basic and five long-range variants for customers in Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Bahrain-based AeroLease signed a letter of Intent for SSJ 100s. SCAC is negeotiation with Chinese airlines to enable SSJ 100 sales to the Chinese market. The Americas are on SCAC's radar as well.

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