Posted on: 19 February 2015 by Ross McSweeny
Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company and Bishwo Airways have used the Aero India International Aerospace Show to announce that they have signed a Letter of Intent which is expected to result in a contract for five Sukhoi Superjet 100s.
The aircraft shall have a two-class layout for 93 passengers. In accordance with the tentative agreement the first SSJ100 will be delivered in 2017.
Bishwo Airways is a private airline, registered in Nepal only in the summer of 2014. So far, Bishwo Airways – led by chairman Ashish Man Shrestha – has one Airbus A330-200 in its fleet and will initially operate flights to Saudi Arabia, UAE and Malaysia with further expansion of its route network to Asia, the Middle East and Europe.
Bishwo’s SSJ100’s will develop both domestic and regional markets until the demand there becomes appropriate for a larger aircraft with a higher capacity. With more Airbus aircraft in the pipeline for long haul flights, Bishwo Airways plans to balance its fleet with the SSJ100s to cater the needs of short haul destinations as well.
The SSJ100s being planned for Bishwo Airways at the LR (long-range) version with a range of up to 4,500 km and will allow the carrier to plan its operations in a flexible and efficient way.