Posted on: 01 May 2011 by Ross McSweeny
The first Sukhoi Superjet 100 of Armenian national carrier Armavia has opened regular service from Yerevan to Venice.
The new aircraft, delivered to Armavia on 19 April, was put into commercial operation shortly after delivery on 21 April 21 with flights on the Yerevan–Moscow route. The aircraft has also flown to Athens, Donetsk, Aleppo, Tehran, Tel-Aviv and Simferopol from Yerevan since it entered service. During the initial period of operation, the commercial flights are being assisted by Superjet International instructor pilots Leonid Chikunov and Sergey Korostiev.
“The aircraft demonstrates remarkable performance in operation. The flights go without any serious delays. All flights are made in the automatic control mode at altitudes between 35,000 and 39,000 ft. The [cruise] speed is 0.7M8-0.8M. The SSJ100 has got remarkable flight deck ergonomics and control features. It’s easy and comfortable to handle,” commented Armavia’s SSJ100 captain Aram Egoyan.
“The Sukhoi Superjet 100 perfectly matches the strategy of Armavia to develop routes between Middle East and Europe, using Zvartnots airport as a hub. We expect the second aircraft to join the Armavia fleet in June 2011,” remarked Mikhail Bagdasarov, president of Armavia.