Posted on: 20 July 2010 by Mark Howells
Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) has 18 aircraft in production, with five in the final assembly shop of which three will to go to customers by the end of the year, after certification, according to Vladimir Prisyazhnyuk, president of SCAC.
The aircraft in the flight test programme have performed 710 flights covering 1,800 hours. “The test programme has confirmed the flight envelope, plus takeoff, landing and extreme weather performance. At present hot-and-high testing is going on in Armenia,” reported Prisyazhnyuk.
Supporting the SSJ100’s entry into service, Alessandro Franzoni, CEO of Superjet International, remarked that SJI’s objective has been to have an efficient system from day one. “Now have around 200 employees in SJI and approximately half of those are in customer service organisation,” he commented. “We know we have to be that bit better than anybody else to be credible as we are the newcomers.”
Asked about a rumours of a deal with Alitalia, Franzoni replied that the company had received an RFP last October. “We’ve submitted best and finals,” he reported. “Certainly they are a key strategic customer for us. They want to expand their regional offering and we think we’ve put on the table a very good offer. We’ll do all we can to make the decision go our way.”
Bernie Baldwin, editor, Low-Fare & Regional Airlines/LARAnews.net