Posted on: 17 January 2011 by Ross McSweeny
Mexican low-fare carrier Interjet has signed a firm order with SuperJet International (SJI) for 15 long range Sukhoi Superjet 100s plus options for a further five, with deliveries set to begin in the second half of 2012.
Alongside the order, SJI announced a “SuperCare” agreement with Interjet to provide after-sales support of the new fleet for 10 years. The agreement is a comprehensive “per-flight-hour” programme developed by SJI specifically for SSJ100 aircraft operators. The new order take the SSJ100’s firm orderbook to 170.
“This contract represents an outstanding result, proving the quality of this state-of-the-art product and its potential in the market, especially a fast-growing one such as the Latin American,” declared Carlo Logli, CEO of SuperJet International.
CEO of Interjet, Jose Luis Garza Alvarez, explained that a key driver behind the choice was the width of the cabin. “It enables us to give a seamless service with the A320s we have,” he noted.
This will be reinforced by the SSJ100s being configured with 93 seats at 34-inch pitch in an interior created by famous Italian design house Pininfarina. The airline’s A320s have the same pitch, putting 150 seats into an aircraft which often has 180 seats when flown by low-fare airlines. Adding to the cabin commonality will be an inflight entertainment (IFE) system with drop-down screens every three rows. Garza Alvarez reported that Thales TopSeries equipment has been selected for this task (the airline’s A320s have a mix of Thales and Panasonic IFE on board).
The Interjet CEO added that he expects the SSJ100s to be operating around 8 cycles per day over stage lengths averaging 1h 10 min flight time. “And we expect load factors around 70%-75% or higher,” he added.
Photo shows SuperJet International CEO Carlo Logli (right) andMiguel Aleman Magnani, president ofInterjet.
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