Russia’s state-owned flag carrier, has signed a preliminary agreement for the purchase of 100 more Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) Russian regional aircraft, with deliveries planned to commence in 2019 through to 2026. The document was signed at the Eastern Economic Forum by Aeroflot chief executive Vitaly Saveliev and Yury Slyusar, president of United Aircraft Corporation, in the presence of Vladimir Putin, president of the Russian Federation.
“As a launch customer and the owner of the biggest SSJ100 fleet, Aeroflot influenced the project and Russian aircraft industry in general greatly. Signing the long-term agreement is a new page in this collaboration, another joint input in the development of the aircraft production. We are content that the work with the leading Russian airline continues,” said Yury Slyusar, United Aircraft Corporation President.
The planes are to be delivered in two-class layout – 12 seats in the business class and 75 in the economy class. The complete contractual documentation is to be signed upon finalizing of all the essential terms of the contract and the appropriate corporate approval.
“We signed the largest agreement in the newest history of the airline, the company will receive another 100 modern Russian aircraft SSJ100. Considering the agreement for 50 MC-21, by 2026 our company will put on routes 200 Russian aircraft. Aeroflot has always performed the important role of the launch customer for Russian planes. Acting to the best interest of Russian aviation and the whole country is our absolute priority,” said Vitaly Saveliev, the General Director of Aeroflot.
Currently the airline operates 49 SSJ100. The 50th aircraft of this type is to be delivered in the closest future. The first commercial flight on the SSJ100 was performed on June 16, 2011 on the route Moscow – St.Petersburg, the aircraft delivered its first passengers to participate in the XV St.Petersburg Economy Forum. Now SSJ100 perform domestic flights to Belgorod, Nizhny Novgorod, Orenburg, Perm, Saratov, Sochy, Syktyvkar, Tyumen, Chelyabinsk and to other directions. Moreover, the aircraft perform internation flight to Dresden, Vilnyus, Gothenborg, Bucharest, Zagreb, Ljubljana, Riga, Sofia, Tivat and others.