Posted on: 27 December 2018 by Mark Howells
Russia’s Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company has signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) with the Thai Kom Airlines Company Limited and WishV, a maintenance and repair organisation, that will see six SSJ100 aircraft delivered over the course of the next two years.
The preliminary agreement specified the six Superjets would be in a 100-seat configuration for delivery in 2019 and 2020. All will fly both domestically and internationally, says Sukhoi.
The WishV MRO company is presently undergoing an approval process to become an SSJ100 maintenance station in Thailand. The deal is expected to be firmed up into a signed order early in 2019.
Another announcement, meanwhile, confirmed the delivery of the first SSJ100 to Severstal Aircompany of Russia. The airline, based at Cherepovets Airport, flies mostly within Russia but also to Finland and Georgia, using a fleet of six Bombardier CRJ200s.
The first aircraft (serial number 95159) was delivered on 26 December according to the terms of the agreement between Sukhoi and the GTLK (State Transport Leasing Company). It is expected to start commercial operations early in the new year. Another three SSJ100 aircraft are due for delivery in the coming year, with the airline having the option to change the layout to a two-class configuration.
Overall in 2019, Sukhoi plans to delivery 28 SSJ100 aircraft to customers, up from 26 delivered in 2018. The delivery rate is scheduled to rise to up to 35 aircraft per year by 2025.