“Light” SSJ100s to be replaced by “Full” models in 1H14

Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) is to replace all Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) aircraft at Aeroflot which are in “light” specification with aircraft in “full” specification during the first half of 2014.

To date, the airline has received six SSJ100 aircraft in “full” specification. In accordance with the contract, Aeroflot will give back to SCAC the aircraft in “light” specification previously operated by the airline. These aircraft will then be delivered to other airlines which have expressed their interest in acquiring “light” models when they leave Aeroflot service.

On 29 and 30 January 2014 the fifth and sixth Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft in “full” specification took off from Zhukovsky Airfield where the SCAC Delivery Centre is located and flew to the Sheremetyevo International Airport, the base airport for Aeroflot.

The fourth “full” SSJ100 was delivered on 31 December 2013 and was put into commercial operations in earlt January this year.

Since entry into service with Aeroflot, the largest operator of the SSJ100, the fleet has accumulated more than 27,000 flight hours on more than 18,000 commercial flights.

SSJ100 “full” and “light” specifications differ in several respects. The “full” specification includes an upgraded flight management system (FMS) and a weather radar equipped with a wind direction detection function. It also features additional video control cameras, separate lighting controls for both economy and business class and an additional working position for a flight attendant in the galley at the back of the aircraft. Individual gaspers over each passenger seat were also installed, thus improving passenger comfort. The “full” aircraft is equipped with three lavatories with diaper boards, and each three-seat-block in the cabin has an additional oxygen mask. Instead of three galleys, the aircraft contains four, one of which is equipped with two ovens. There is additional space to fit a flight baby cot.

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