Sukhoi Superjet conducts first passenger flight

The Armenian airline Armavia completed the first passenger flight of Russia’s newest commercial plane, the Sukhoi Superjet 100, on Thursday.

The plane, which was carrying 90 passengers, landed at Moscow’s Sheremetevo Airport at 4.45 am Moscow Time (00.45 GMT). The aircraft was delivered to Armavia at a ceremony in Armenia on Wednesday.

“The delivery of the first production aircraft is the key milestone of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 Project,” said Mikhail Pogosyan, President of Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation and General Director of Sukhoi. “The event opens a new stage of the program – the beginning of commercial operation and full-scale serial production.”

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.

MOSCOW, April 21 (RIA Novosti)

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