Posted on: 26 August 2011 by Ross McSweeny
The second Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) delivered to Aeroflot Russian Airlines, named after Aeroflot pilot Dmitry Ezersky, is scheduled to enter operation on the Moscow–St Petersburg route on 27 August.
The aircraft, SN 95010, was delivered to Aeroflot via a financial lease contract with the VEB-Leasing and is configured to carry 87 passengers in a two-class layout (12 business class and 75 economy class).
Aeroflot has ordered 30 SSJ100 aircraft in total and says it plans to purchase 10 more.
“Aeroflot is the first carrier in Russian civil aviation to operate the SSJ100 aircraft,” noted stated Vitaly Saveliev, general director of Aeroflot Russian Airlines. “These aircraft are becoming an important part of our fleet which is one of the youngest and most technically advanced fleets in Europe. Undisputed leadership on domestic routes is a key priority of our strategy to build the global network company. Providing such leadership is an important task for our short-haul SSJ100 aircraft which demonstrate great potential. The first Superjet showed its ability on domestic routes. These aircraft will serve our international route soon.”
Vladimir Prisyazhnyuk, president of Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC), responded, “We are grateful to Aeroflot for the opportunity to show the good operational abilities of the SSJ100 in intensive operations and are pleased that both passengers and flight and technician staff of the airline like our aircraft. We continue to provide comprehensive support to Aeroflot at the initial stage of operation and grant quality after-sales support through our partner company SuperJet International. We are sure that the SSJ100 represents an excellent tool for the development of the regional route network.”
Aeroflot’s first SSJ100 entered commercial operation on 16 June 2011. By 24 August the aircraft had completed 223 flights and more than 356 hours. The aircraft serves routes from Moscow to St Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Ufa. From 2 September it will fly to Astrakhan. Usually, the SSJ100 performs three or four return flights per day, achieving daily utilisation between 9 hours and 14.5 hours.