Posted on: 15 June 2011 by Ross McSweeny
Aeroflot Russian Airlines has completed the inaugural passenger flight of its first Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) from Moscow to St Petersburg.
The aircraft, named after the famous Soviet pilot Mikhail Vodopyanov, flew from Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport to St. Petersburg’s Pulkovo International Airport with its first passengers including the deputy chairman of the Russian Federation Sergei Ivanov, Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation Elvira Nabiullina and Deputy Minister of Transport Valery Okulov.
Sukhoi Superjet 100 SN 95008 was delivered to Aeroflot on a finance lease from VEB-Leasing. It is configured for 87 passengers in a two-class layout (12 business class and 75 economy class).
Aeroflot has ordered 30 SSJ100s and, according to Sukhoi, plans to purchase ten more.
"SSJ100 regional jets will contribute to the implementation of one of the key areas of our strategy to build a global network airline,” said Aeroflot’s general director Vitaly Saveliev. “The aircraft will perform flights to St Petersburg, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Ufa and Samara. And over time, will be put on the foreign destinations.”