MOSCOW, February 16 (RIA Novosti) – The first of three Russian-made Sukhoi Superjet 100 regional aircrafts was handed over to the Lao Central air carrier in Laos, the manufacturer said on Friday.
Sukhoi Civil Aircraft, the civil aviation department of the Sukhoi Design Bureau, said the plane “has arrived from Ulianovsk to the Wattay International Airport in Laos.”
The company signed a deal with the privately owned Lao Central air carrier in 2011 to buy three SSJ-100. The plane will be used for domestic and international flights, including to Bangkok, Hanoi, Singapore and others.
The SSJ-100 was developed by Sukhoi in cooperation with US and European aviation corporations, including Boeing, Honeywell, Liebherr Aerospace, Messier Dowty, Snecma and Thales. It is capable of carrying up to 100 passengers for 4,500 kilometers (2,850 miles).
Russian flagship air carrier Aeroflot is the largest SSJ-100 customer with a total order for 30 airliners. Armenia’s Armavia was the first airline to start commercial operations with the SSJ-100 in April 2011.