Posted on: 02 September 2013 by Mark Howells
Gazpromavia has taken delivery of the first Superjet 100 (SSJ100) LR, the Long Range version of the type, powered by SaM146 1S18 engines.
The aircraft is one of the ten SSJ100 LRs ordered by Gazpromavia, which is the launch customer for the SSJ100 LR.
One of the main advantages of the SaM146 1S18 is that it increases thrust by 5% over the previous 1S17 version, to 16,100 lb, enabling the SSJ100 LR to increase its maximum takeoff weight (MTOW), and thus extend its range to 4,578 kilometres with a full load. The 1S18 uses the same hardware as the 1S17, which means that no changes are required to the aircraft. It carries on the tradition of the 1S17, which has demonstrated outstanding reliability during its first two years of revenue service, logging a dispatch reliability rate of 99.9%.
"We are very proud of our contribution, through the PowerJet SaM146 1S18, to Gazpromavia's goal of offering enhanced employee transport," said Claude Poulain, chairman and CEO of PowerJet.