Superjet International plans selling thousand jets over 20 years

MOSCOW, August 17 (Itar-Tass) —— Russia’s Superjet International Company /SI/ plans to sell one thousand Sukhoi Superjet-100 planes over 20 years, the company’s CEO Carlo Logli said on Wednesday.

“The sales plan is one thousand planes over next 20 years, where 400 will be sold by the Sukhoi Civil Aircraft and 600 by the SI,” he said in an interview with the Kommersant newspaper. “Major selling will most likely begin from 2013.”

In 2012, the company hopes to “gain a big client: either American or European,” he said. “Well, and in addition about two or three more contracts for pleasure.”

The company plans to break even in 2013, “from the moment of planes’ active supplies,” Logli said.

“Next year, we should produce 25 aircraft, in 2013 – to reach annual production of 50 aircraft,” he said. For this purpose, it would be necessary to improve the supplies’ chain and “to make a decision on investments in expanding production.”

Present facilities in Komsomolsk-on-Amur may produce two aircraft a month, he said.

“In order to make this figure bigger, we should invest; this is why now we discuss several scenarios regarding attracting money and location.”

Superjet International is a joint venture of Alenia Aeronautica and Sukhoi.

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