July 30, 2012
Indonesian state-owned aircraft maker Indonesian Aerspace (IAe) is negotiating with Russia-based Sukhoi to manufacture parts for the Sukhoi SuperJet.
An agreement could see IAe making the empennage, a senior IAe official tells Aviation Week. “It will take a few months to settle the negotiations,” the official says. He declines to say if the plan is for IAe to be a sole-source or second-source supplier. But the official says, “In the request for proposals, they’ve asked that we have the ability to produce 50 to 60 empennages per year.” That is the equivalent of the forecast total annual production rate for the Sukhoi SuperJet, the official adds.
IAe currently makes no parts or components for the Sukhoi SuperJet, but it does have a nonbinding agreement with Sukhoi allowing it to be a maintenance service provider for the aircraft, particularly those in Indonesia.
Indonesian carrier Sky Aviation has ordered 12 Sukhoi SuperJets and is due to take delivery of the first this year.
The airline will receive the aircraft in the wake of the May 9 crash of a Sukhoi Superjet into Indonesia’s Mount Salak, killing all 45 on board, including 14 Sky Aviation staff. The aircraft maker had been operating the Superjet in Indonesia on a demonstration tour for the news media and potential buyers.
Indonesia’s government has vowed that it will take the lead in a full investigation of the crash.
If Sukhoi awards the work to IAe, it could help smooth the airframer’s relations with the Indonesian government.