Posted on: 08 November 2015 by Ross McSweeny
Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) has made an internal decision to launch a stretched version of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100), with the current aim being for the aircraft to enter service in 2020, according to SVP sales, Evgeny Andrachnikov.
“We have actually made a decision internally that we will take additional efforts – financial, human resources, energy – to come up with a stretched version of Superjet. It will be a 120-seater with the same engine but a different wing,” Andrachnikov explained. “The 120 seats is for a single-class with 32 inch pitch – that’s something we are proud of, one of our selling points. Of course, when you do a business class, you’ll have fewer seats.
Andrachnikov confirmed that the sales team has not yet been given the authority to offer (ATO) the aircraft. “We’re not doing any pre-sales at this point,” he remarked, noting that other than a change of wing, it’s a simple stretch. “It’s not a high risk programme. We understand the market demands for the existence of the family members and at the same time we are optimising the investments required.”
The SVP admitted that once given the ATO, he expects something of a bit of a bump in sales of the current aircraft. “Absolutely. That’s the whole purpose of bringing the project out,” Andrachnikov declared.
Bernie Baldwin, editor, Low-Fare & Regional Airlines/laranews.net