Posted on: 16 August 2016 by Mark Howells
Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) has been certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to operate its Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) aircraft on runways as narrow as 30 metres.
The certification process was triggered by request of CityJet, the first airline to begin operating the SSJ100 aircraft in Europe, this June. CityJet has 15 firm orders for SSJ100s and options for 16 more of the type.
SCAC hopes to enable SSJ100 operations from London City Airport, one of CityJet’s key hubs – which has both a short and narrow runway – by December 2017. A safe narrow runway approach will be guaranteed by wing-flap system modernisation as well as FMS and avionics improvements. Flight tests are to be started in the summer of 2017. SCAC hopes to further improve SSJ100 operations by installing horizontal winglets in 2018.
Ilya Tarasenko, president of SCAC, stated, “In ongoing work, we are developing the product and enhancing its operation capabilities, so we are receptive to feedback from customers. Not only do we deliver the aircraft within the shortest term in the market, but we also perform additional activities regarding their customisation.”