Posted on: 19 April 2011 by Mark Howells
The delivery ceremony of the first production Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SN 95007) to Armavia has taken place at Zvartnots Airport, Yerevan, with the aircraft being named in honour of the first cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, whose first space flight was just over 50 years ago.
“The delivery of the first production aircraft is the key milestone of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 project,” declared president of United Aircraft Corporation and general director of Sukhoi Holding Company, Mikhail Pogosyan. “The event opens a new stage of the programme, the beginning of commercial operation and full-scale serial production. [I have] no doubt that the new Russian aircraft will be a perfect operating tool in the fleet of Armavia and our colleagues from Superjet International will give full support to the Armenian national carrier and provide timely and high quality aftersales support.”
Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) and Armavia signed the order for the aircraft on 14 September 2007.
“We are very grateful for such an aircraft. This is definitely a great milestone for the Russian aerospace industry, because this SSJ00 is in fact the first production aircraft of modern Russia, created in partnership with worldwide aerospace leaders. We congratulate everybody with such a significant achievement,“ commented Armavia’s owner Mikhail Bagdasarov.
Armavia plans to use the SSJ100 on flights to Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Sochi and to Ukraine.