Armavia airline starts flights to Venice on Russia’s Superjet-100

The Armenian airline Armavia opens on Sunday regular passenger flights from Yerevan to Venice and back using Russia’s newest commercial plane, the Sukhoi Superjet 100, company’s press service said.

The flights will be made regularly once a week on Sundays, the company said.

The newest Russian aircraft was delivered to Armavia at a ceremony in Armenia on April 27. Next day it completed its first passenger flight from the capital of Armenia to Moscow carrying 90 passengers.

The Superjet 100 is a family of medium-haul passenger aircraft developed by Sukhoi in cooperation with U.S. and European aviation corporations, including Boeing, Snecma, Thales, Messier Dowty, Liebherr Aerospace and Honeywell.

The aircraft is capable of carrying 75-95 passengers up to 4,500 kilometers.

Armavia, which bought four of the planes in 2007, plans to use the aircraft to conduct flights to Moscow, St Petersburg, Sochi and Ukraine.

Currently, there are 17 models in production at different stages of completion.

The company plans to manufacture at least 14 Superjet 100s this year, and 25 in 2012, and intends to sell 35% of them to the United States, 25% to Europe, 10% to Latin America, and 7% to Russia and China.

YEREVAN, May 1 (RIA Novosti)

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