Deals for Sukhoi and COMAC jets

Russian and Chinese jet makers both signed Letters of Intent (LoI) at the Farnborough Airshow to highlight that Western manufacturers are not the only players in the game.

Russia’s Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SCA) and Peruvian Airlines signed an LoI to purchase 10 Sukhoi Superjet SSJ-100 and 10 Irkut MC-21 aircraft.

At the signing, Sukhoi’s president Alexander Rubtsov (pictured seated, right) and the CEO of Peruvian Airlines, Cesar Catano (pictured seated, left), confirmed the carrier plans to set up a subsidiary to operate the SSJ-100s. Catano said the subsidiary would be called Aero Peru, and would be established in the early 2020s.

While the SSJ-100 has been operating for several years, Irkut’s medium-range MC-21 is still in the development and flight testing phase, with first deliveries tentatively scheduled for 2019.

China’s HNA Group, meanwhile, signed an LoI with COMAC (Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China) for the purchase of 20 ARJ21 aircraft at the show. The ARJs will be delivered to HNA Group’s subsidiary carrier Urumqi Air, and sees the total orders for the turbofan-engined ARJ21 rise to 473.

The two companies signed a strategic co-operation framework agreement only last month in Shanghai and say the ARJ21’s ability to meet Western China’s operational requirements for taking off and landing at airports in challenging hot and high locations on complex routes made it “an ideal choice.”

 

Written by: Mark Thomas

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