CEO: Russia’s Aeroflot to buy 10 more Sukhoi Superjets, 20 An-148s

MOSCOW, Jul 18 (PRIME) — Flag carrier Aeroflot Russian Airlines intends to place an additional order for 10 Sukhoi Superjet 100 passenger aircraft and also buy 20 An-148 passenger airplanes, the companys CEO Vitaly Savelyev said at a meeting with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin Monday.

No timeframe for the acquisitions was provided.

Earlier, Aeroflot placed an order with Sukhoi Civil Aircraft, the developer of the Sukhoi Superjet, for 30 planes of this type. The value of the deal was not disclosed.

Savelyev said that airline Rossiya, a unit of Aeroflot, currently operates six An-148 airplanes and added that the plane had proved to be good in operation and that Aeroflot plans to buy 20 aircraft of this type.

Aeroflots current fleet amounts to 107 aircraft, including 75 Airbus A319, A320, and A321 planes.

The Superjet is Russias first all-new passenger aircraft since the fall of the Soviet Union and is expected to replace the Tu-134 passenger aircraft.

The An-148, which is a short-haul twin-engine jet, capable of carrying between 70 and 90 passengers, is produced by VASO and Ukrainian aircraft manufacturer Antonov.


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