Mexico’s Interjet is in talks with Sukhoi to sell its Superjet 100 fleet, following a series of maintenance issues over the aircraft’s five years of service at the airline.
“We’re finalising an amicable negotiation with Sukhoi,” Flighglobal quoted Interjet chief executive Jose Luis Garza, going on to confirm reports in Mexican media that the airline plans to sell the aircraft. There were no responses received from Sukhoi.
Garza indicates that an outcome could be reached within days. However, the airline tried to underplay Garza’s comments a day later, saying that it plans to continue operating the aircraft, and claiming that the talks with Sukhoi are directed at “improving Interjet’s competitive market position”.
Interjet is the only SSJ100 operator in the Americas. However, since starting revenue service with the SSJ100 in 2013, the airline has encountered several difficulties, including weeks-long repairs to fix defects and the cannibalisation of four aircraft for parts to keep its remaining examples flying. The airline was compensated almost $40 million in the second quarter for contractual recovery of maintenance expenses related to the SSJ100 fleet.
Currently the carrier has 21 SSJ100s in service, with one aircraft in storage and another eight on order. It also operates 63 Airbus A320 family aircraft.