Posted on: 17 May 2017
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has issued type certificate approval for the latest version of Russia’s Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100).
Manufacturer Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company said the newly certified type – B100 – has increased thrust compared to the base version due to the use of SaM-146 engines, which are also installed on its long-range version of the aircraft.
The stated flight range of 3,048 km with expected payload under standard atmospheric conditions, and the maximum take-off weight of 45,880 kg remain the same as for the base version.
Other characteristics of the SSJ100 B100, certified type RRJ-95B-100, are an engine take-off thrust of 16100 lbf, and a take-off distance reduced by 10% compared to the base version.
The increased engine thrust of the B100 enables it to operate at higher altitudes, something that Sukhoi says could be of interest to potential customers from the BRICS regions looking to conduct commercial operations from airports at locations of up to 3,300 m above sea level.
The B100 was Russia-certified in December 2015, with the EASA certificate now allowing it to deliver the B100 to European airlines. Earlier, in December 2015, this model was certified in Russia. The long-range version of the SSJ100 can over more than 4,578 km.
In another SSJ100-related milestone, Irish regional airline CityJet recently took delivery of its fifth SSJ100, out of its order for 15 aircraft that it placed in late 2015. It has three more due for delivery before the end of this year.
CityJet is using the SSJ100 on its own services, as well as operating them on wet lease on behalf of other airlines. The latest aircraft, registered EI-FWE, is being operated by CityJet on behalf of Brussels Airlines as part of a wet-lease agreement, and is the third aircraft of this type operating for the Belgian airline. The CityJet aircraft are delivered in a 98-seat configuration with an exclusive Pininfarina interior developed by the Italian design outfit. The SSJ100 features five-abreast seating with a 32-inch seat pitch.
Vladislav Masalov, Sukhoi Civil Aircraft president, said related to the CityJet delivery: “After performing its first commercial flight on SSJ100 in June 2016, CityJet became the first European operator of this aircraft type. We are delighted to see another Sukhoi Superjet 100 join the airline’s fleet and we are planning to deliver three SSJ100 more by the end of 2017 to support CityJet plans for development.”