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The Sukhoi Company is a major Russian airplane manufacturer headquartered in Moscow. It was founded in 1939 by Pavel Sukhoi as the Sukhoi Design Bureau.

23B Building 2, Polikarpov Street
Moscow, 125284, Russia

Russia (Russian Federation) was established in 1991, it covers an area of 17,075,400 sq km, its population is 148.4 million, its capital city is Moscow, and its official language is Russian.

May 2000: Development of the Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100 began.

December 2002: Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SSJ) and the American company Boeing (TBC) signed a Long-term Cooperation Agreement to work together on the jet airplane. Boeing (TBC) consultants had already been advising Sukhoi on marketing, design, certification, manufacturing, program management and after sales support for a year.

November 2005: The Finance Leasing Company, Russia and Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SSJ) signed a sales contract for 10 airplanes of the new SSJ family for $262 million.

December 2005: Aeroflot (ARO) signed a contract for the delivery of 30 Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100s. The total deal is valued at approximately $820 million.

December 2006: Dalavia Far East Airways (KHV) is the customer for an additional six Sukhoi Superjets SSJ100s, plus four options, according to "Reuters." Dalavia (KHV) will join with SAT Airlines (SKH) to form regional carrier, "Aeroflot East."

May 2007: Aeroflot (ARO) and Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SSJ) announced the signature of a Letter of Intent (LOI) to purchase 15 airplanes of the Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100 family. Earlier, (ARO) had already signed the contract for delivery of 30 SSJ100s. According to the (LOI), (ARO) will purchase 15 SSJ100/95s in basic configuration with deliveries to start in May 2011. (ARO) also holds an option for another five airplanes of the family. The deal amounts to over >$400 million.

June 2007: At the Paris Air Show, ItAli Airlines (ACL) of Italy signed a deal for 10 Superjet SSJ100/95 long-range airplanes with options for an additional 10, in a deal valued at $283 million. It is the first Western customer for the airplane produced by Sukhoi and Alenia Aeronautica. The announcement raises the total Superjet firm orders to 71. The new jets will replace (ACL)'s fleet of MD-80s and Dornier 328JETs and will be used to increase frequencies and serve international destinations between Italy and Eastern Europe. Roll-out for the Superjet is expected by year end, and the first will be delivered to launch customer Aeroflot Russian Airlines (ARO) in November 2008.

September 2007: Russia launched its first modern commercial regional jet airliner: the Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100, to accommodate 78 to 98 passengers. It was unveiled at its official roll-out at Komsomolsk-on-Amur Dzemgi Airport on September 26, 2007.

The final assembly of the plane is done by Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Production Association, its SaM-146 engines are designed and produced by the French-Russian PowerJet joint-venture (JV) between the French Snecma and Russia's NPO Saturn, and the airplane is marketed internationally by SuperJet International.

The following suppliers have been appointed for the SSJ100 basic airplane systems:

SM146 engine – Snecma Moteurs and Saturn SPA,
Avionics – Thales (THL) and Aviapriborkholding (JSC),
Emergency rescue equipment – Air Cruiser (Zodiac),
Auxiliary powerplant – Honeywell (SGC) and Salyut SPA,
Fuel system – Intertechnique (Zodiac) and Abris (JSC),
Firefighting system – A Curtiss Wright Company, Autronics,
Oxygen system – B/E Aerospace and Respirator (JSC),
Interior – B/E Aerospace,
Electrical system – Hamilton Sundstrand,
Pilot seats – (IPECO),
Landing gear – Messier Dowty and Aviaagregat (JSC),
Brakes and brake system – Goodrich (BFG),
Aircraft control system – Liebherr and Elektropripor (JSC)
Air conditioning system, automatic pressure control system, anti-icing system – Liebherr and Teploobmennik (JSC).

In the Russian domestic market, the Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100 is intended to replace the aging Tupolev Tu-134 and Yakovlev Yak-42 airplanes. Internationally, the new plane will compete against the Embraer EMB-Jets and the Bombardier CRJ programs.

Armavia (ARZ) signed a multimillion-dollar agreement to buy four SSJ-100 Superjets for regional flights.

March 2008: Technical problems will postpone delivery of the first Sukhoi Superjet indefinitely, the Russian manufacturer announced. First deliveries originally were slated to begin by late 2008. "The airplane is currently in the final testing stages and it will make its first flight within a month," Alexei Fyodorov, CEO of United Aircraft Corporation, told "RIA Novosti." "Our specialists are working round the clock to meet our obligations to contractors." Recently, Superjet International CEO, Alessandro Franzoni said that the regional jet's first flight was "imminent." To date, the 78/98-seat airplane family has garnered 73 firm orders plus 46 options, the bulk of them from Russian customers. The company hopes to market some 700 airplanes priced at $25 to $28 million. Program suppliers include Honeywell (SGC), Parker, Thales (THL), and Goodrich (BFG). The SaM 146 engine is supplied by Powerjet, a joint venture between Snecma and NPO Saturn.

May 2008: Maiden flight of Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100.

July 2008: At the Farnborough Airshow, Avia Leasing, Russia, announced its intent to acquire 24 Sukhoi SSJ100s in basic configuration with an option for 16 additional airplanes. The order has a total value of over >$630 million. The airplanes would mostly be leased to UTAir (TYU).

December 2008: Kartika Airlines (KTK) signed a deal with Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SSJ) for 15 firm Superjet SSJ100s worth $448 million, plus 15 options, according to press reports from Moscow. Deliveries of the 95-seat airplanes are scheduled to begin in 2011. (KTK) is the first SSJ100 customer in Southeast Asia.

June 2009: Malev (HGA) (HGA) signed a letter of intent (LOI) at the Paris Air Show with Sukhoi (SSJ) SuperJet International for 30 Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100s, a follow-up on its "cooperation agreement" signed in December 2007 with AiRUnion, the Sukhoi Company (SSJ) and Russia's Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs. The purchase outlined in the (LOI) has a potential value of up to $1 billion and will include support and pilot (FC) training. The two parties said they hope to finalize the purchase agreement before year end. (HGA) (CEO), Martin Gauss said he's confident (HGA) will be able to find financing for the purchase, which will cover 15 firm orders and 15 options, despite the current economic environment and its own recent financial and ownership upheavals.

(HGA) will take the airplanes in a two-class configuration. Gauss said the airline is repositioning itself as a regional carrier operating a network of around 50 destinations that will include Moscow, Tel Aviv, Amman, and Madrid. "We will not do long-haul," he explained. "Those days are over." The Oneworld (ONW) alliance partner eliminated 767s from its fleet in November. Deliveries of the SSJ100s are expected to start in the second half of 2011.

There are currently 98 firm orders for the SSJ100, excluding (HGA)'s (LOI). The airplane flew above the air show in its most visible public display to date.

Also at the Paris Airshow, Gazpromavia (GZP) ordered 10 Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100s.

August 2009: Yakutia Airlines (SYL) ordered 2 Sukhoi SSJ100s to be leased from (FLC).

December 2009: The Russian government has merged Mikoyan, Ilyushin, Irkut (IKT); Sukhoi (SSJ), Tupolev, and Yakolev as a new company named the United Aviation Corporation (UAC). Mikoyan and Sukhoi were placed within the same operating unit.

January 2010: The Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100's first delivery now is expected in mid-2010, confirming reports that the setback from the year-end 2009 timetable resulted from problems related to the (SaM146) engines developed and produced by Powerjet, a joint venture (JV) between Snecma and (NPO) Saturn. The source cited the "likely, but badly communicated, delays that traditionally accompany a new airplane type (look at the 787). The SSJ100 involves a new mainframe, a new engine and new [international] partnerships" that create additional complications.

United Aviation Corporation (UAC) Director General, Alexei Fyodorov told reporters in Russia that "Sukhoi (SSJ) is in talks with the buyers about new time frames for delivery of these planes. The engine-makers have shifted the timetable of certification. Well, it turned out they were not ready," "Reuters" reported. He added: "I think the problems were indeed technical. A new engine is being developed." (UAC) holds a 75%-minus-one-share stake in Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SSJ). The remainder (25% plus 1 share) is held by Finmeccanica subsidiary, Alenia Aeronautica. A Snecma spokesperson refused to comment on the reasons for the delay or whether technical issues or a longer-than-expected certification process for the (SaM146) is the cause. The firm order portfolio for the SSJ100 stands at 122.

July 2010: Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SSJ) and Orient Thai Airlines (OTH) signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for 12 Superjet 100/95Bs and 12 options and indicated they target to finalize the purchase agreement before year end. Deliveries are scheduled for 2011 to 2014.


January 2011: SuperJet International – a joint venture (JV) between Alenia Aeronautica, a Finmeccanica Company, and Sukhoi Holding (SSJ) – signed with Interjet (AAE) a contract for the purchase of 15 long range Sukhoi (SSJ Superjet SSJ100 (SSJ100) airplanes in the 98 seat configuration, plus 5 options. Based on the price list, the overall order has a value of US $650 million. The first deliveries are scheduled for the second half of 2012.

Along with the order, (SJJ) announced the execution of a “SuperCare” Agreement with Interjet (AAE) for the after-sales support of its fleet of new SSJ100 airplanes over 10 years duration. From its Entry Into Service (EIS), the Interjet (AAE) SSJ100 fleet will be supported by (SSJ) with this tailored after-sales solution. (AAE) is the first airline of the Americas and Mexico to order a Sukhoi (SSJ) Superjet SSJ100.

The Agreement is a comprehensive “per-flight-hour” program developed by (SSJ) specifically for SSJ100 airplane operators. This innovative life cycle solution has been designed to maximize airplane availability to operators and minimize their maintenance and administrative associated costs.

With this new milestone, the Sukhoi (SSJ) Superjet SSJ100 finalizes 170 firm orders. The first deliveries to Aeroflot (ARO) and Armavia (ARZ) are scheduled for the first quarter of 2011. The Sukhoi (SSJ) Superjet SSJ100 Program represents the most important industrial partnership between the Russian Federation and the rest of the world in the civil aviation sector. SEE ATTACHED - - "SSJ-2011-01-SSJ100-A/B/C."

April 2011: As launch customer, Armavia (ARZ) accepted the 1st Sukhoi SSJ100 (97007, EK-95015 "Yuri Gagarin") delivery - - SEE ATTACHED "FLIGHT INTERNATIONAL" ARTICLE - - "SSJ-2011-04-1ST SUKHOI SSJ100." Armavia (ARZ) intends to use it for services to Moscow, St Petersburg, Sochi, and cities in Ukraine. The initial flight was Yerevan - Moscow. The SSJ100 carried 90 passengers.

The handover ceremony was held at Zvartnots International Airport in Yerevan. The SSJ100 airplane received the name "Yuri Gagarin" in memory of the first man who reached space and orbited the Earth almost exactly 50 years before.

According to Armavia (ARZ), in the future its Superjet SSJ100 fleet will make their 1.5 to 2 hour long flights from Yerevan to Moscow, Sochi, as well as Ukrainian cities, including Odessa and Simferopol. (ARZ) expects to receive their second Superjet SSJ100 in June 2011.

May 2011: Aeroflot (ARO) will take delivery of its first Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100 this month and plans to put it into service June 16, according to Sukhoi Superjet International Deputy Senior VP Commercial, Svetlana Issaeva.

In all, (ARO) will receive 10 SSJ100s this year. She noted that the first SSJ100 delivered to Armavia (ARZ) last month has been operated on 54 flight cycles for a total of 105 flight hours. It has had 98% dispatch reliability, Issaeva said. She declined to release fuel burn statistics but said such figures will be revealed soon.

The SSJ100's Entry Into Service (EIS) will allow Sukhoi Superjet International (SSJ) to market the airplane to airlines around the world, she asserted. "With the airplane in operation, it will be much easier for us to introduce it to a wide range of customers because the airplane will speak for itself." She acknowledged that "it will take time" to convince Western airlines to purchase the SSJ100.

Meanwhile, an announcement about the next (SSJ) product could come as soon as June. "We are working internally in order to be able to introduce to the market the next generation of the family and I think by June we'll be able to do it," Issaeva said. "We've considered several options" in terms of size.

SSJ100 production rate is slated to reach 17 this year, 33 in 2012 and 60 by 2014.

June 2011: Aeroflot Russian Airlines (ARO) completed the first passenger flight of new Russian regional jet Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) from Moscow to St Petersburg. This flight marked the beginning of commercial operation of the new SSJ100 by (ARO).

The SSJ100 was named after the famous Soviet pilot, Mikhail Vodopyanov. The SSJ100 took to the air from Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport (Terminal D) at 9.10 am and landed at St Petersburg’s Pulkovo International Airport at 10.40 am. Its first passengers were: the Deputy Chairman of the Russian Federation, Sergei Ivanov; the Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, Elvira Nabiullina; the Deputy Minister of Transport, Valery Okulov, who arrived to St Petersburg to participate in the XV St Petersburg International Economic Forum. There is no doubt, that the General Director of “Aeroflot,” Vitaly Saveliev and the President of United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) and General Director of Sukhoi Holding, Mikhail Pogosyan arrived to the north capital on board the SSJ100.

Sukhoi Superjet 100 (95008) was delivered to (ARO) under contract with the VEB-Leasing on financial lease (leasing). The delivered airplane is designed to carry 87 passengers in a comfortable two-class layout (12C – business class and 75Y – in economy class). Maximum flying distance is 2300 km.

(ARO) has ordered 30 SSJ100 airplanes in total. In the future, (ARO) plans to purchase ten more.

The Sukhoi Superjet 100 (RRJ-95) is a 100 seat regional jet. The operating range for the basic version is 3.048 km and 4.578 km for the long range version. In February 2011, the SSJ100 obtained the Type Certificate by the Russian Certification Authority (IAC AR). The (EASA) certification is expected to follow in 2011.

“SSJ100 regional jets will contribute to the implementation of one of the key areas of our strategy to build a global network airlines, said General Director of (ARO), Vitaly Saveliev. It is to strengthen leadership (ARO) in domestic market of air transportation. The SSJ100 will perform flights to St Petersburg, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Ufa, and Samara. And over time, it will be put on the foreign destinations.”

“The first passenger flight of SSJ100 as part of the (ARO) fleet is an important milestone. We’ll provide overall support to the customer at the primary stage of entering into operation and grant quality after-sales support. Our airplane has already received a high evaluation from (ARO)’s pilots (FC) and now it is the turn of the passengers. I believe that the SSJ100 will be an excellent tool for the development of the regional route network,“ said the President of United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) and General Director of Sukhoi Holding (SSJ), Mikhail Pogosyan, commenting on the delivery of the first SSJ100.

Sukhoi (SSJ) is to launch a business jet version of its Superjet 100 regional airplane but appears to be backing away from a stretched variant in the near term.

(SSJ) disclosed initial plans for the executive airplane at the Paris Air Show but will give further details at the (NBAA) show in Las Vegas in October. "We're ready to start work on a business version of the airplane because the performance characteristics and the size of the cabin make us sure a business version will successfully enter the market," said Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Chief, Vladimir Prisyazhnyuk.

The airplane's cabin could include a master bedroom, shower installations, business salon and communications equipment, he added.

Superjet International, which markets the Superjet airliner, estimated demand for the business version at 80 airframes over the next 20 years. (CEO), Carlo Logli said the baseline price for the jet would be in the region of $50 million. "We're impressed by the high number of requests from customers, (VIP) customers, who appreciated the cabin," he added.

United Aircraft Chief, Mikhail Pogosyan said it was a "good moment" to disclose a further development of the Superjet, and added that the company had "all the required resources" to convert the type into a business jet.

Prisyazhnyuk said that Sukhoi (SSJ) was working on a longer-range version of the Superjet, which would reduce the baseline jet's airframe weight and raise its fuel capacity, to increase the maximum take-off weight to around 49.5 t. But he admitted that, as a result of plans by United Aircraft to create a single airliner offering in each capacity sector, plans for a stretched Superjet were "too premature". The proposed 115- to 120-seat airplane would remain as a study, he said.

SuperJet International – a joint venture (JV) between Alenia Aeronautica (a Finmeccanica Company) and Sukhoi Holding (SSJ) – signed an order with Blue Panorama Airlines (BPA) for the purchase of 12 Sukhoi (SSJ) Superjet 100 (SSJ100) airplanes. Based on the list price, the agreement has an estimated value of US $370 million.

The deliveries of these SSJ100/95B airplanes will start at the end of 2012. The airplane interiors will be provided by the Italian design group Pininfarina.

The Blue Panorama (BPA) SSJ100 fleet will be also supported by SuperJet International with tailored after-sales solutions beginning with the first delivery.

Indonesian regional carrier PT Sky Aviation signed the Heads of Agreement (HOA) for the delivery of 12 Sukhoi Superjet 100/95B airplanes.

August 2011: At the International Aviation & Space Salon (MAKS)-2011 event in Russia, the Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SSJ) and Indonesian regional carrier PT Sky Aviation (SWY) signed a contract for the purchase of 12 Sukhoi Superjet 100/95B airplanes.

The order is valued at $379.2 million at list prices. The document was signed by Vladimir Prisyazhnyuk, President JSC «Sukhoi Civil Aircraft» (SSJ) and Krisman Tarigan, President Director, Sky Aviation (SWY). Under the document signed, deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2012.

Later, (SSJ) and Gazprom komplekt signed a contract firming an agreement of intent for 10 SuperJet 100/95LRs initially announced during the Farnborough Airshow last year. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2013, (SSJ) said. The airplanes will be operated by Gazprom subsidiary, GazpromAvia (GZP).

Coinciding with the airplane order, (GZP) signed a customer support agreement with PowerJet covering the 20 (SaM146)s powering its future SSJ100s. Under terms of the accord, PowerJet will provide product support, documentation, training, on-site support and engine warranties.

(SSJ) also announced that a financial leasing contract was signed by Vnesheconombank subsidiary, VEB Leasing covering 24 SSJ100s to be operated by UTair (TYU). UTair (TYU) concluded a preliminary agreement in November 2010 with (SSJ) for the airplanes to replace its fleet of Tu-134s. (TYU) operates more than >300 daily flights on 200 routes using a 200 airplane strong fleet that includes Tu-154s, Tu-134s, 757s, 737s, ATR72s and ATR42s, Bombardier CRJ-200s, An-24s and Yak-40s.

Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SSJ) signed an agreement of intent to supply Kuban Airlines (KIL) with 12 Sukhoi Superjet 100 planes worth $380.4 million. The companies plan to sign a firm contract later this year, with deliveries scheduled for 2012 - 2015.

(KIL) Chairman, Denis Ilyin said (KIL) planned to increase its fleet to no less than 30 airplanes by 2015.

Superjet 100 is a family of medium-haul passenger airplanes developed by Sukhoi in cooperation with USA and European aviation corporations, including Boeing (TBC), Snecma, Thales (THL), Messier Dowty, Liebherr Aerospace and Honeywell (SGC).

The airplane is capable of carrying 75 - 98 passengers for up to 4,400 kilometers.

Kuban Airlines (KIL) is part of the Basic Element holding firm owned by tycoon Oleg Deripaska.

Aeroflot Russian Airlines (ARO) put its second Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100 (95010) airplane into operation, (VEB) Leasing leased.

October 2011: Indian company Aviotech, corporate and defense aerospace specialist is to become an important launch customer for JSC (Sukhoi Civil Aircraft) (SSJ) for the business version of the Sukhoi Superjet 100. The relevant letter of intent (LOI) for 10 SBJ in VIP configuration and 10 aircraft in option was signed at the International Aviation & Space Salon (MAKS-2011). Aviotech noted it chose Sukhoi Business Jet for its excellent economic advantages and technological features. In the nearest future, the companies plan to start negotiations on the technical layout of the airplanes to be delivered.

Shortly after, SuperJet International (the joint venture (JV) between Alenia Aeronautica, a Finmeccanica Company, and Sukhoi Holding) has announced a purchase agreement for two Sukhoi Business Jet (SBJ) airplanes plus two additional options, with Comlux (CLA) The Aviation Group.

With this order Comlux (CLA) becomes the launch customer of SuperJet International for this new type of VIP airplane. (CLA) represents one of the most innovative business aviation group worldwide, able to always offer to its VIP passengers new products for their travel needs.

The deliveries of the two (SBJ) airplanes are planned for 2014. The order has an estimated value of US $200 million, including options.

Before the entry into service, the VIP cabin interior of the airplane will be designed and outfitted by Comlux America, the completion center of the Comlux Group, based in Indianapolis USA. Comlux America is appointed as the first approved Sukhoi Business Jet completion Center.

The Sukhoi Business Jet is the VIP aircraft version of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 regional airliner. It offers a spacious and ultra quiet cabin of 118 m3/4192 ft3, and a range of approximately 4300 nm/8000 km, thanks to its additional fuel tanks. The launch of the VIP airplane version comes just four months after the successful entry-into-service (EIS) of the SSJ100 in April 2011.

December 2011: Aeroflot (ARO) launched Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) international services on December 4 when the airplane (RA 89002) flew between Moscow (SVO) and Oslo (OSL). By the end of the year, the airplane is expected to fly from (SVO) to Budapest (BUD).

“The fact that the SSJ100 started to serve international routes of Aeroflot (ARO) reflects the confidence of the airline in the reliability of our airplane. We believe that the SSJ100 airplane will efficiently serve both international and domestic routes of (ARO) and will do our best to make sure that the growing fleet of SSJ100 meets the expectations of the airline,” Sukhoi Civil Aircraft President, Vladimir Prisyazhnyuk said.

(ARO) operates three SSJ100s, which serve (SVO) routes to St Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg, Ufa, Astrakhan, Chelyabinsk, Kazan, Anapa, Perm, and Minsk. (ARO) was the SSJ100’s first Russian customer and took first delivery in May.

Armenian Armavia (ARZ) was the launch customer for the SSJ100 in April.

January 2012: Gazpromavia (GZP) has converted its Letter of Intent (LOI) into a final order for 10 SSJ 100-95s with deliveries expected to start next year.

February 2012: SuperJet International’s (SJI) board of directors has appointed Nazario Cauceglia as (CEO) of the company, a joint venture between Alenia Aermacchi (51%), a Finmeccanica company and Sukhoi (SSJ) Holding (49%). Cauceglia, who was Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of former Alenia Aeronautica (Alenia Aermacchi), succeeds Carlo Logli, who was head of (SJI) for more than a year.

(SJI) is responsible for Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) promotion and sales in Europe, the Mediterranean area, North and South America, Africa, Oceania and Japan.

Russian Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC), a SSJ100 manufacturer, received its European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) type certificate A-176.

Transaero Airlines (TRX) is close to inking a deal with Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SSJ) for a firm order of six Sukhoi SSJ100s plus 10 options, (CEO) Olga Pleshakova said. The first two will be delivered in 2015, two in 2016 and the remaining two in 2017. She said (TRX) will operate the airplanes in a two-class layout, with a business (C)- and an economy (Y)-class cabin, on short-haul domestic routes with a high frequency from its hub at St Petersburg’s Pulkovo airport and in the Russian Far East.

(TRX) in 2009 considered ordering SSJs to substitute its much-delayed outstanding order for 10 Tupolev Tu-214s, which it placed in 2005. (TRX) took delivery of its third Tu-214 in September 2009. Production of the Tu-214 has been stopped since, and (TRX) had hoped to reach an agreement with Financial Leasing Company for them to take the three Tu-214s back and swap them with SSJs.

“We considered substituting our order on the Tupolev-214s into SSJs but left the idea. By 2015 we’ll conclude our lease payments on the Tu-214s and will own them. The Sukhoi Superjet is a different deal,” Pleshakova said. (TRX) carried 8.5 million passengers in 2011, up +27.2% on 2010, and launched 45 new routes.

(SSJ) which received its European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) type certificate A-176, will deliver 10 Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100s to customers in Southeast Asia and Latin America in the second half of this year, (SSJ) President, Vladimir Prisyazhnyuk said.

The first four airplanes will be delivered to Mexican Interjet Airline (AAE), which ordered 15 SSJ100s. Indonesian Sky Aviation will take delivery of three of 12 airplanes on order. Three SSJ100s will be delivered to Lao Central Airlines (formerly known as Phongsavanh Airlines) from Laos.

(SSJ) wants to deliver 23 airplanes this year. Armenian Armavia (ARZ) became the first SSJ100 owner in April and received the first of two airplanes. Two airplanes will be delivered to Russian Yakutia Airline (SYL). Aeroflot (ARO), which operates five SSJ100s, will receive 10 of the type.

(SSJ) has 168 firm orders for the SSJ100. Foreign carriers have committed to 100 out of 168 orders. Air Bahrain said at the Bahrain Airshow it is considering the SSJ100 for its fleet.

March 2012: Aeroflot (ARO) had its 6th SSJ100 (95013, RA-89005), delivery at Komsomolsk-on-the Amur (KXK). The airplane, painted in SkyTeam Alliance (STM) livery, flew from (KXK) to Moscow on March 5.

May 2012: ACCDT: A Russian Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) (SaM146) (95004) airplane crashed during a demonstration flight in Indonesia after no signs of the airplane or responses from flight crew (FC) had been received many hours after the new jet type disappeared.

Fifty people, including eight crew, were on board the SSJ100, which was doing the second of two company demonstration flights from near Jakarta. The airplane is believed to be one of two company prototypes being used for sales and marketing promotion tours.

Indonesian aviation authorities confirmed to Russian News Agency "(RIA) Novosti" that a search effort was underway after the airplane disappeared from radar near Bogor in West Java province, near a volcanic mountain. The aerial search in the mountainous terrain was temporarily suspended after dark.

According to the Russian news agency, air traffic controllers reported that shortly before radio contact was lost, 20 minutes after takeoff, the pilots (FC) had requested permission to descend from 10,000 ft/(3,000 m to 6,000 ft/1,800 m. “After it was cleared for descent, the plane started turning right and descending but then disappeared from the radar screens at an altitude of 6,200 ft in a mountainous area, 100 - 120 km from Jakarta airport,” "(RIA) Novosti" said, adding that Indonesian authorities had suggested the airplane “may have crashed into a mountain in poor visibility.”

The SSJ100 arrived in Jakarta as part of a demonstration tour of six Asian countries. It had been to Myanmar, Pakistan and Kazakhstan, and after Indonesia, was scheduled to visit Laos and Vietnam.

The 100-seat SSJ100 is a joint venture airplane produced by Sukhoi (SSJ), Finmeccanica and other companies. It is powered by (SaM146) engines produced by PowerJet, a joint venture company of Russia’s (NPO) Saturn and France’s Snecma. The SSJ100 entered service in 2011 with Armenian Armavia (ARZ) and gained European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification in early February.

Later, rescuers who hiked to the remote slope of the dormant Indonesian volcano, Mount Salak in West Java (SEE ATTACHED - "SSJ-2012-05-ACCDT-A/B," where the new-model Russian passenger SSJ100 jet crashed, found no signs that any of the 50 people aboard had survived, according to local news media and the Russian Foreign Ministry.

An Indonesian search team has found the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) of the Russian Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100 that crashed, killing all 45 people on board.

The (CVR) was found about 100 m from the tail of the plane but the flight data recorder (FDR) remains missing, the (BBC) reported.

Interjet (AAE), the launch airline of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 in Latin America, said it will continue with plans to incorporate the airplane into its fleet, with first deliveries to begin by the end of the year. The announcement came in the wake of a fatal SSJ100 demonstration flight crash in Indonesia earlier this month.

(AAE) said the airplane has also been certified in Mexico by the local air transport authority (DGAC)-(SCT), as well as the European Air Safety Agency (EASA).

In January 2011, Interjet (AAE) announced an estimated $650 million deal for 15 SSJ100 firm orders and five options

The eighth Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100 airplane of Aeroflot Russian Airlines (ARO) successfully completed its first scheduled flight SU1196/1197 on route Moscow — Kazan — Moscow. The SSJ100 is named after the famous Aeroflot (ARO) pilot (FC) "Evgeny Barabash."

The SSJ100 (95014, RA-89006) was delivered to (ARO) under contract with the VEB-Leasing JSC on financial lease (leasing). The SSJ100 is designed to carry 87 passengers in a comfortable two-class layout (12C — business class and 75Y — in economy class). (ARO) has ordered 30 SSJ100 airplanes in total.

(ARO) currently operates eight SSJ100 airplanes serving routes from Moscow to 14 Russian cities as well as to 10 destinations in Europe and the (CIS). (ARO) operations confirm that the airplane perfectly match requirements in terms of high frequency departures on regional routes.

June 2012: Transaero Airlines (TRX) has signed a firm order with Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) for six Sukhoi (SSJ) Superjet 100 airplanes with 10 options. The deal is valued at $212.4 million at list prices, and could reach $566.4 million if options are converted into firm orders. Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2015 and continue through 2017.

(TRX) airplanes will feature two-class, 90-seat layout (8C in business class and 82Y in economy). "(TRX) deems it to be its duty to back the country's airplane industry, the success of which much depends on firm orders for the produced jetliners. The company made a decision to acquire the SSJ100, which is competitive with the foreign airplanes of that type,” (TRX) (CEO), Olga Pleshakova said.

The SSJ100 is in service with two airlines (Aeroflot (ARO), which has taken delivery of seven airplanes, and Armavia (ARZ) has one airplane. Nine SSJ100s are in service with Russian and Armenian carriers. According to the representatives of Russian United Aircraft Corporation, (SCAC) has firm orders for 174 SSJ100s.
An SSJ100 crashed on a demonstration flight in Indonesia May 9 killing all 45 people on board. The cockpit voice recorder was recovered May 17. The cause of the crash has not yet been determined.

Superjet International representatives told reporters at the Regional Airline Association Annual Convention in May that the crash has not significantly altered plans to manufacture and market the Russian-built regional airplane.

Kartika Airlines (KTK) has told the "Jakarta Post" that it still plans to take delivery of its 30 SSJ100-95s on order and expects to resume operations in the fall. (KTK) has not operated any flights since 2010 and had previously announced plans to restart several times. It now states it plans to resume scheduled operations with the first SSJ100-95s towards the end of the year operating from Jayapura Sentani (DJJ) to Merauke Mopah (MKQ) and Tembagapura Timika Moses Kilangin (TIM) as well as between Ambon Pattimura (AMQ) and Sorong Jefman (SOQ) airports.

August 2012: Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) has announced plans to launch a 130 - 140 seat airplane program, (UAC) President, Mikhail Pogosyan said at the International Air Transport Forum in Ulyanovsk.

The new airplane, expected to enter the market between 2016 - 2020, will fill the gap between the lengthened 110 - 155 seat Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100 and the 150 - 200 seat MS-21, Pogosyan said.

Pogosyan said the new program would combine production technologies of the SSJ100 and the MS-21, which would enable the 130-seat plane to be built in a much shorter time frame. The new airplane would be similar to the MS-21, which is scheduled for first flight in 2015 and first in 2017.

Pogosyan estimated the demand for a 130-seat airplane to be in the 300 - 400 unit range.

The Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade plans to invest RUB900 million/$28.4 million to help launch the new airplane program.

SSJ100 launch customer, Armavia (ARZ) has returned its only delivered SSJ100 jet airplane. (ARZ) had operated the airplane for 7 months. (ARZ) was supposed to take its second SSJ100 last April, but it is still sitting on the Sukhoi (SSJ)'s ramp. Armavia (ARZ) has been having financial problems. It has been accused by Russian authorities of running up unpaid debts, with Moscow's Vnukovo airport reportedly banning refueling services and civil agency Rosaviatsia suspending (ARZ)'s rights to enter the airspace for 10 days in March.

Armavia (ARZ) has refused to take redelivery of its single SSJ100-95 (95007, EK-95015) currently stored at Moscow Zhukovsky (UUBW) after maintenance and repair work. (ARZ) claims that it no longer wants the airplane given all of the technical difficulties it has encountered with it since taking delivery of it in April 2011 while manufacturer Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SSJ) claims the real reason would be that (ARZ) would have a major amount of debt for unpaid services outstanding.

September 2012: PowerJet, which manufactures engines for the Sukhoi Superjet (SSJ100), is facing headwinds in its production ramp-up as it battles against Airbus (EDS) and Boeing (TBC) to secure supply chain slots.

The (SaM146)-powered SSJ100 entered service just over a year ago and 11 airplanes have now been delivered. However, as more SSJs come off the production line, PowerJet is facing what it describes as a “huge challenge.” “We are facing difficulties with the supply chain. We need to fight every day [against Airbus (EDS) and Boeing (TBC)] to get priority,” PowerJet (CEO), Jacques Desclaux said.

Desclaux explained that when Airbus (EDS) and Boeing (TBC) order 500 - 1,000 components, PowerJet struggles to secure slots for 100 - 500 parts. “It really is a challenge. There are not a lot of certified suppliers, so the choice is quite limited. The only thing we can do is to anticipate and place orders which are larger than we need,” he said.

Year-to-date, PowerJet has already doubled its production rates compared to the whole of 2011. This month it will deliver five propulsion systems to Sukhoi and will maintain this rate until year end. In 2013, this will be increased to eight per month, growing again to 10 per month in 2014.

To support this drive, it is stepping up its engine core assembly rates. This process takes 19.5 days, compared to 30 days last year, but this will be slimmed to 15 days by December and 12 days by the end of 2013.

Likewise, final engine assembly and testing will be narrowed from 12 days to 10 days by the end of 2013. Last year, this process took 20 days or more.

Desclaux said this ramp-up should enable PowerJet to meet demand for 96 engine deliveries in 2013.

October 2012: The first Sukhoi SSJ100 airplane for the first western customer, Interjet (AAE) landed in Venice (Italy) at Marco Polo airport for the completion activities at the SuperJet International (SJI) facility.

On October 5th, the “green” airplane (95023) took off from Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SSJ) assembly plant in Komsomolsk on-Amur (Russia). It flew through the airports of Novosibirsk and Zhukovsky (Moscow Region) and landed in Venice on October 6th.

SuperJet International (SJI), the joint venture between Alenia Aermacchi (51%) and Sukhoi Holding (SSJ) (49%), is responsible for the SSJ100 completion and delivery to Western customers. The interiors’ installation, customization and painting activities on Interjet (AAE) airplanes will be accomplished at the (SJI) completion center, based in Tessera (Venice) Italy.

(SJI) is also developing the “Supplemental Type Certificate” (EASA)-(STC) which allows it to complete the airplane interior installation. (AAE) SSJ100 interiors will be marked by Pininfarina Italian Style.

“We are very proud to welcome the first Interjet SSJ100 in Venice — stated Nazario Cauceglia, (CEO) of SuperJet International (SJI).

The first airplane (95023) is expected to be delivered to (AAE) in March 2013. In November 2012, the first full flight simulator (FFS) will arrive in Venice and it will be installed at the (SJI) Training Center to enable (AAE)’s pilots (FC) to start training in January 2013.

Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SSJ) flew the first Superjet SSJ100 to Venice for interiors installation, customization and painting at the Superjet International facilities.

Later, Interjet (AAE) added 10 options to its firm order for 20 Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) airplanes, and Superjet International increasingly believes the Mexican carrier holds the key to the future success of the regional airplane.

While there are 11 SSJ100s already in service, Interjet (AAE) will become the first Western operator to receive the airplane when it takes delivery of its first of the type in March 2013. It plans to take eight more SSJ100s through the remainder of 2013 and another 11 in 2014.

“(AAE) is now considered as the top priority customer,” Superjet International (CEO), Nazario Cauceglia said at the Latin American and Caribbean Airline Association (ALTA) Airline Leaders Forum in Panama City. “This is our great chance to penetrate the Western market and we can’t lose it. We cannot fail. We must make them happy.”

He said (AAE) plans “very intensive use of the airplane,” adding, “Interjet (AAE) will help us a lot” in convincing other Western airlines to order the SSJ100. He said there is “a good, good chance” (AAE) will turn the 10 options into additional firm orders “in a reasonably short time.”

November 2012: The Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) (SSJ) has reported a first-half net loss of -$100.3 million, deepened from a -$16.9 million loss in the year-ago period. Revenue fell -72% to $5.64 billion from $20.12 billion. (SSJ) said the results were expected due to the launch of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) program.

(SSJ) said second-half orders have increased from 100 to 179. In July, the manufacturer received a secured long-term loan from Vnesheconombank (VEB) for $1 billion through 2024.

Russia’s Aeroflot (ARO) and Armenia’s Armavia (ARZ) have taken delivery of their SSJ100 airplanes. Russia’s Yakutia Airlines (SYL) will become the second SSJ100 operator in the country. Before the end of the year, (SSJ) plans to deliver one airplane to Indonesian Sky Aviation.

In May, the SSJ100 crashed into an Indonesian mountainside during a demonstration flight. Following the crash, sales in Indonesia were suspended. In September, Indonesian and Russian authorities blamed the crash on human error. This month, the SSJ100 was granted its type certificate in Indonesia.

Mexico’s Interjet (AAE) will take delivery of its first SSJ100 in March 2013.

Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) and the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) (CCC) are considering a joint effort to construct a short- to medium-haul wide body airplane. “We are discussing these plans with (COMAC), doing some market analysis and researching cooperation possibilities,” (UAC) President, Mikhail Pogosyan said at the Zhuhai Air Show. The airplane, which will target Russian and Chinese markets, will not exceed a 300-seat capacity.

Pogosyan added that (UAC) plans to acquire orders for the Russian regional Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100 airplane from Chinese carriers next year. (UAC) estimates the airline market in China will grow an average of +7% per year over the next 10 years. “The carriers will need nearly 700 new regional airplanes during 15 - 20 years,” Pogosyan said. He is sure that, despite the high competition, the SSJ100 will find a place in the Chinese airline market. In this niche, (UAC) will have to compete with (COMAC)’s ARJ21.

Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SSJ) is working with PowerJet to certify the long-range variant of its SSJ100, ahead of next year’s first delivery to Russian carrier, Gazpromavia Aviation (GZP).

The Moscow-based carrier (GZP), which has 10 long-range SSJ100s on order, operates passenger and cargo charters, mainly linked with the oil and gas industry. “The first delivery will be in the second half of 2013, so certification has to arrive before then. Both the engine and also the airplanes have different modifications which need to be certified,” PowerJet (CEO), Jacques Desclaux said at the European Regions Airline Association General Assembly in Dublin.

Sukhoi will build two prototype airplanes for the test program. The first of these is due to be completed by the end of the year, Desclaux said. He added that a business jet version is also under development and will become the third airplane in the family.

December 2012: Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) said it expects to end the year with a revenue of RUB180 billion/$5.8 billion, (UAC) President, Mikhail Pogosyan said.

This year, the company has produced 110 airplanes, including 23 civil planes. Of them, 20 will be delivered to customers.

At the beginning of the new year, (UAC) expects to finalize orders from several Russian ministries for more than >100 airplanes. According to Pogosyan, the order value is estimated to be RUB200 billion. Deliveries are planned for 2014 - 2020, but customers could receive several airplanes next year.

Looking ahead, Pogosyan said the first Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100LR will be built at the beginning of the new year. It will be used in the flight test program.

Next year, (UAC) said it expects revenue will increase to RUB200 billion.

The Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) has gained type certificate in Laos.
Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company VP Development & Certification, Igor Vinogradov said the approval will “allow the Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company to deliver the airplane to Laos.”

In March 2011, Lao Central Airlines (LCA) (formerly known as Phongsavanh Airlines) from Laos ordered three SSJ100s. The delivery of the first airplane is expected at the beginning of next year.

Last month, the SSJ100 received its type certificate in Indonesia. The first SSJ100 is expected to be delivered to Indonesian Sky Aviation (SKI) before year end.

January 2013: The Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) (SSJ) and Indonesian air carrier, Sky Aviation (SKI) signed in Ulianovsk (Russia), an Act of Delivery & Acceptance for (SKI)'s first Sukhoi (SSJ) Superjet 100 on completion of its technical acceptance procedure.

The document, signed by the parties, stated that the airplane was technically sound and fully met the performance criteria. The Act of Delivery & Acceptance also confirmed that the SSJ100 was transferred to (SKI) with a full set of required Operational and Maintenance documentation, plus flight kit. The airplane was ready to start commercial operation on Sky Aviation (SKI)'s route network.

The SSJ100-95B (95022, /13 PK-BCL) was flown from the Ulianovsk Delivery Center to Sky Aviation (SKI)'s base airport in Indonesia.

Earlier, Indonesian aviation authorities validated the Type Certificate for the Sukhoi Superjet 100 airplane. This validation confirmed compliance of the SSJ100 to the certification requirements of the Indonesian Aviation Authority, allowing its export to Indonesia and operation by Indonesian airlines without restrictions.

Sky Aviation (SKI) was established in 2010. It is based in Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport (Jakarta, Indonesia). (SKI) operates scheduled and charter flights in Indonesia and nearby region.

SuperJet International (SSJ) signed a “SuperCare” agreement with Sky Aviation (SKI) for after-sales support of its SSJ100 fleet of up to 12 airplanes. SuperJet (SSJ) will provide (SKI) with customized spares availability and maintenance/repair solutions of on-board equipment for 10 years. It will also provide (SKI) with flight crew (FC), cabin crew (CA) and maintenance (MT) staff training courses and on-site support in Jakarta.

The Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) (SSJ) has appointed Andrey Kalinovsky as President of the company, effective February 1. He will replace Vladimir Prisyazhnyuk, (SCAC) (SSJ) said in a statement.

Kalinovsky is former head of Sukhoi subsidiary Novosibirsk Aircraft Production Association. In 2011, he became (SCAC) VP & Director of its Komsomolsk-on-Amur branch. Kalinovsky oversaw the manufacturing of SuperJet 100 components in Novosibirsk and the airplane assembly line in Komsomolsk-on-Amur.

(SCAC) also announced that United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) President and board Chairman, Mikhail Pogosyan was appointed (SCAC) board Chairman, replacing Igor Ozar, effective immediately.

(SCAC) said these new appointments to senior positions “are associated with challenging goals set by the company to boost the Sukhoi Superjet program and ensure the (SSJ100) airplane’s success.”

At the end of the month, (SCAC) delivered its second Sukhoi Superjet 100 airplane (95020) to Yakutia Airlines (SYL), with 8C, 93Y configuration.

February 2013: Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) plans to validate the Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) certificate in India this year.

Speaking at the Aero India Air Show, (UAC) President, Mikhail Pogosyan said India’s demand for the SSJ100 is estimated to be 50 - 70 airplanes. He added that (UAC) has already negotiated with Air India (AIN)/(IND) on the SSJ100.

Pogosyan is sure the SSJ100 certification and launch of the operations in Laos and Indonesia will contribute to further demand for the airplane in the region. Lao Central Airlines and Indonesian Sky Aviation will launch SSJ100 operations in March. “Now we are negotiating with the airlines in Vietnam and some other Southeast Asia countries,” he said.

He also said other SSJ100 markets could be China and Australia. According to (UAC), the regional airplane market in China is estimated to be 250 airplanes in the next 10 years. “We have chances to promote our plane in China,” Pogosyan added.

Four Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100s, grounded temporarily due to technical reasons, will resume operations before the end of the month. All four airplanes are in the Aeroflot (ARO) fleet. Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) reported two SSJ100s would enter service by the end of this week and said service bulletins have been issued to address technical issues that were discovered after the airplanes entered service.

According to (SCAC), erroneous leakage detection system engagement, a slat extension fault and landing gear-up fault were detected and solutions implemented.

Airworthiness certificates for three Sukhoi SSJ-100s operated by Aeroflot (ARO) have been renewed, Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) (SSJ) said. The airplanes, which were grounded temporarily due to technical reasons, will be put back in service.

Russia’s aviation authorities had grounded four SSJ100s; the last airplane renewed its airworthiness certificate a few days later.

SCAC reported on three main deficiencies that had been discovered during SSJ100 operations—erroneous leakage detection system engagement, a slat extension fault and landing gear-up fault. The manufacturer said it has implemented solutions for all three deficiencies.

The long-range Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100 (95032) has performed its first test flight. The test program will last three to four months, Sukhoi Civil Aircraft company (SCAC) (SSJ) said. Two airplanes will be involved in the test program, after which the manufacturer will submit the documents to the Interstate Aviation Committee. The SSJ100LR is scheduled for Russian certification in 2014. Earlier, it was planned to finish the certification process in 2013. This postpones SSJ100LR delivery to its first customer (Gazpromavia Aviation (GZP)) which signed an order for 10 airplanes.

The SSJ100LR maximum range is 4,578 km, while the standard SSJ100 range is 3,048 km. Required runway length for the LR version is 2,052 meters. The airplane will be equipped with (SaM146 1S18) engines produced by PowerJet, the joint venture of Russia`s Saturn and France-based Snecma. (EASA) granted the type certificate to the engine in January 2011.

Lao Central Airlines ((IATA) Code: LF, based at Vientiane Wattay International (VTE)) (LCA) has taken delivery of its first of three SSJ 100-95s (95026, RDPL-34195) on February 15. It is the first operator of the type to take delivery outside the (CIS) region that takes delivery of a Superjet regional airplanes. (LCA) already operates two 737-400s.

March 2013: The share of United Aircraft Corporation’s (UAC) revenue generated from civil airplane sales grew from 3.6% in 2011 to 10.5% in 2012. (UAC)’s civil airplane revenue rose +10% to $5.87 billion in 2012, (UAC) said in a statement. Sales of Antonov An-148s and Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100s played a big part in the rise.

By 2015, (UAC) plans to increase civil airplane revenue’s share to 20% of its total.

FL Technics signed a Memo of Understanding (MOU) with Sukhoi Civil Airplane Company (SSJ) for Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) services on the Superjet SSJ100 fleet in Europe and Asia. FL Technics will become a partner of the SuperJet international airframe authorized service centers network and will provide SSJ100 operators with line and base airframe maintenance services.

Lao Central Airlines (LCA) and Indonesia’s Sky Aviation (SKI) announced their first Sukhoi Superjet 100s (SSJ100s) have launched their first flights. (LCA) launched its first domestic flight from Vientiane to Luang Prabang. (LCA) took delivery of its first SSJ100 in February. It plans to operate the airplane on both domestic and international routes from Laos to Bangkok, Hanoi, Ho Chi Ming, Singapore and other destinations in Southeast Asia.

Sky Aviation (SKI) SSJ100 launched domestic service from Makassar to Sorong. (SKI) took delivery of its first SSJ100 in January, which it plans to use for domestic destinations. (SKI) (CEO), Krisman Tarigan said last month: “Our country is an archipelago comprising numerous islands. It is vitally important to provide a transport link between them. Some airports in Indonesia have short runways implying certain restrictions for airplanes and [the] SSJ100 will fit these peculiarities as it can land on runways which are less than <1,800 meters.”

Sky Aviation (SKI), which ordered 12 airplanes at the (MAKS) Air Show in 2011, will take delivery of the airplanes through 2015. The first three airplanes feature a two-class cabin layout and seats 12C passengers in business and 75Y in economy; the rest will seat 8C in business and 90Y in economy.

Lao Central (LCA) has three airplanes on order, with six options. The airplane features a two-class cabin layout and seats 93 passengers.

The first Yakutia Airlines (SYL)’s SSJ100 has arrived at Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SSJ)’s testing complex in Zhukovskiy for modification. The manufacturer plans to eliminate the defects discovered in Aeroflot (ARO) airplanes earlier this year.

According to (SSJ), the problems detected during two years of SSJ100 operations include erroneous leakage detection system engagement, slat extension fault and landing gear-up fault. Four Aeroflot (ARO) airplanes were grounded in February due to the defects.

(ARO)’s four SSJ100s, which were grounded in February, received their renewed airworthiness certificate by Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia on February 15.

Yakutia (SYL) took delivery of its first SSJ100 in December 2012, followed by the second airplane in January. (SYL), which has two SSJ100s on order, is the second operator of the type in Russia and the first customer in Russia’s Far East. It launched its first SSJ100 commercial flight in January.

May 2013: Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) reported a 2012 net loss of -RUB5.6 billion/-$178 million, narrowed from a -RUB13.35 billion loss year-over-year. (UAC) VP ,Vladimir Chirikov said the company’s main goal is to return to profitability in two years.

Revenue rose +6% to RUB171.02 billion, falling short of (UAC) President, Mikhail Pogosyan’s prediction of RUB180 billion at the end of 2012. The share of (UAC) revenue generated from civil airplane sales grew from 3.6% in 2011 to 10.5% in 2012. Antonov An-148s and Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100 sales played a big part in the increase. By the end of 2013, (UAC) expects revenue to reach RUB220 billion.

The manufacturer’s debt increased +9% to RUB162.75 billion, due to loans for the launch of serial production of new airplanes, (UAC) representatives said.

Moskovia Airlines ((IATA Code: 3R, based at Moscow Zhukovsky airport (UUBW)) (GAI) has set Moscow Domodedovo International (DME) to Podgorica (TGD) in Montenegro as its maiden SSJ100-95B operated route. Flights, operated each Saturday, will début from June 1. (GAI) took delivery of the Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (based at Moscow Zhukovsky (UUBW) airport) (SSJ) jet from defunct Armenian carrier, Armavia (ARZ).

June 2013: Aeroflot (ARO) has taken delivery of its first Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100 in full specification. (ARO) has 30 of the type on order in standard specification, which is a single-class cabin with 98Y seats. (ARO), however, changed its order to include full specification that includes an upgraded flight management system (FMS) and weather radar with a wind direction detection function.

The full SSJ100 also features additional video control cameras, separate lighting controls for business (C) and economy (Y) classes. An additional working flight attendant (CA) position at the back near the galley is added. The full version also offers three lavatories with diaper changing boards, and has upgraded galleys from three to four, one of which is equipped with two ovens.

Russia’s Ilyushin Finance Company (IFC) shareholders have approved an order for 32 Bombardier CS300s, 50 Irkut (IKT) MC-21s and 20 Sukhoi Superjet (SSJ) SSJ100s, the company said.

June 2013: Moscow’s International Aviation Committee has issued the first export certificate for Europe to Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) for its SSJ100 airplane. The certificate is necessary to deliver the airplane to Mexico’s Interjet (AAE).

“In order to solve all technical and operational issues connected with first deliveries of the SSJ100 to Europe and customization at SuperJet International production sites and further delivery to Mexican carrier Interjet (AAE), European, Russian and Mexican aviation authorities carried out outstanding post-certification actions,” the (SCAC) said.

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued its SSJ100 type certificate in February 2012. The manufacturer expects the first airplane to be delivered to Interjet (AAE) this month.

July 2013: Sukhoi's civil airplane (SSJ) division insists that "the current financial state allows it to fulfil all its commitments," even as it explores options for restructuring its debt. The airframer has issued a statement in response to Russian media reports that the Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) regional airliner program has led it into financial problems. "The company never hid that development of the SSJ100 project is largely carried out via engaging external credits," says Sukhoi.

External creditors account for 60% of the project's financing, it adds. Acknowledging that its civil airplane division's debts "surpass $2 billion," the Russian manufacturer insists that "credit payments and commitments' fulfilment are on schedule and comply with current financial development strategy in full".

In 2012, a $1 billion line of credit was opened for the Superjet 100 program by Vnesheconombank (VEB). Now, a "package of measures being currently developed will allow the project to achieve planned performance levels", says Sukhoi.

Orders for the regional jet stand at 179. Five were built in 2011, and 12 last year. A further 10 have been manufactured so far in 2013. The target for the year is 26, and 40 are to roll off the production line next year.

Analysis of debt-restructuring options is being conducted with Sukhoi parent, United Aircraft. Among the "program support options" under discussion are sales financing support and "direct support" aimed at boosting liquidity and increasing ownership capital.

Program break-even is targeted for 2015, when total revenue is to be in excess of >$1.5 billion. Revenue should hit $2 billion by 2018.

Sukhoi (SSJ) expects that after a divisional operating surplus this year, net cash flow will turn positive from 2015. That, it adds, will make the division "financially stable."

The Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100), just passed an important milestone with the handover of the first airplane to Western customer, Mexican Interjet (AAE) last month. The manufacturer's next goals include higher production rates and amplified modifications.

Interjet (AAE)is considered to be a crucial client for the SSJ100 in as much as the airplane was previously only delivered to airlines in Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Southeast Asia. (AAE) ordered 20 of the airplanes marketed by Superjet International (SJI), a joint venture between Alenia Aermacchi and Sukhoi (SSJ). Interjet (AAE) opted for a 93Y-seat all-economy-class configuration. The second airplane is ready for delivery now, and the third is being customized at the (SJI) facilities in Venice, Italy. (SJI) (CEO), Nazario Cauceglia says Interjet (AAE) is expected to receive eight airplanes by year-end and the other 12 in 2014.

In spite of the first Western export success, Alenia and Sukhoi (SSJ) are disputing the terms of the joint venture (JV). Alenia cites longstanding inefficiencies and is threatening to withdraw from the project unless these are addressed. The Russians are willing to negotiate.

Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) President, Andrey Kalinovsky says the company has addressed the problems that beset Aeroflot (ARO) and other customers when the airplane was introduced. According to Kalinovsky, 40 to 45% of the detected malfunctions were airframe-related, with supplier issues contributing a similar number of glitches. And operator errors were the cause of around 10% of the issues. He says the next step is to tackle the ramp-up of the assembly line.

The manufacturer aims to roll out 26 airplanes this year, double last year's production. Ten airplanes have been assembled in the first six months and 16 more are to be manufactured by year-end, says Kalinovsky, adding that the number of assembled airframes does not equal the number of deliveries. (SCAC) plans to increase the production rate to three airplanes per month by year-end. In addition to the “green” airplanes for (SJI), Sukhoi has deliveries planned to Aeroflot (ARO), Lao Central (LCA) and Sky Aviation (SKI) this year. Two ex-Armavia (ARZ) airplanes are ready to be shipped to Moskovia.

Gazpromavia (GZP), a subsidiary of Russia's gas giant Gazprom, is a new customer and will become the first operator of the extended-range SSJ 100. Gazpromavia (GZP) ordered 10 airplanes in 2011.

The first extended-range prototype (which began testing in February) is designed to fly 4,572 km/2,470 mi using more powerful (SaM146 1S18) engines, versus the basic version's range of 3,048 km. Kalinovsky expects the certification process will be completed by the end of July when the first production SSJ100/95 LR will be ready for delivery. The LR variant will receive a supplemental type certificate (STC) from the (CIS)-wide (AR MAK) safety agency, and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification will be sought when an order from Europe is received.

The increased output requires a realigning of the supply chain. The program will maintain two customization centers: — one for Western customers at (SJI) in Venice, the other in Ulyanovsk, Russia. The number of paint shops has recently been increased with the addition of a facility in Ostrava, Czech Republic, which belongs to Eirtech Aviation. Eirtech painted the second SSJ100 for Yakutia Airlines (SYL) in December 2012. Kalinovsky says that the companies have a long-term agreement and the Ostrava-based facility will paint all Aeroflot (ARO) airplanes. (Tail No 95029) will be the first airframe to be processed and is due to be completed this month. The airplanes of other Russian and Asian clients will continue to to be painted in Ulyanovsk.

INCDT: A Russian Sukhoi SuperJet 100 (SSJ100) airplane touched the runway with its landing gear retracted during a test flight at Iceland’s Reykjavik Keflavik Airport on July 21st. The airplane, tail number (97005), was in the final stages of test flights July 21 to evaluate the SSJ100’s automatic landing system in strong crosswind conditions and to simulate landing with one engine failure. The tests are necessary for (ICAO) CAT III A certification.

According to the Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC), the flights in Keflavik were the most complicated part of the test program. There were five people on board - three flight crew (FC) members and two certification center experts. One of the experts injured a leg during the evacuation.

(SCAC) said that at the time of the incident, all airplane systems were functioning normally. The SSJ100 will be repaired and returned to the test flight program as soon as possible. (SSJ) added that the incident will not affect commercial operations of the airplane that are in service. SEE ATTACHED - - "SSJ-2013-07 - INCDT ICELAND."

An SSJ100 crashed last year during a sales demonstration flight in Indonesia, killing everyone on board. Accident investigators determined the crash was caused by human error.

On July 30th 2013, Yakutia Airline (SYL) operated the first flight from Niigata at Japan Honshu Island to Vladivostok in the Russian Far East by Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100.

Earlier in the day, the SSJ100 performed a ferry flight from Osaka to Niigata, where, following an old aviation tradition, the airplane was welcomed with a water bridge courtesy of the Niigata Airport Fire Department.

Yakutia Airline (SYL) will also operate flights with the Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100 from Niigata to Khabarovsk (the capital of the Far East Federal District of Russia). A flight from Vladivostok to Niigata will take 1.5 hours while passengers on a flight from Khabarovsk to Niigata may enjoy a comfortable Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100 for two hours. The turnaround flight, Vladivostok - Niigata is scheduled on August 6 and 13, while the Khabarovsk — Niigata flight will happen on August 3 and 10.

“It is exciting that our customer, the largest airline in Russia’s Far East, is successfully establishing new destination routes with Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100 airplanes,” said Mr Andrey Kalinovsky, Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) President. “(SYL) recently started operations to China with our airplane and now it is also offering flights to Japan. We wish success to Yakutia Airline (SYL) in continuing development of its route network to Asia. We are always ready to support our partners in implementation of their projects”.

During the Summer Season these flights will be performed on a charter basis. In case of a sufficient payload of the flights demonstrated, (SYL) will consider regular basis for these destinations.

Added Mr Ivan Prostit, Director General of (SYL), “Flights from the Russian Far East to Japan are not only expanding Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100’s flight geography, but are also granting new opportunities for a dialogue between our two countries”.

This past winter, (SCAC) (SSJ) delivered two Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100s to (SYL), which can now operate flights in Yakutia’s extremely cold winter conditions.

In the first half of 2013, the two SSJ100s have operated more than >300 flights and flown for more than >750 flight hours.

(SYL)’s Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100 airplanes, are now operating flights in both the Far East of Russia: from Yakutsk to Blagoveshchensk, Vladivostok, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk, Magadan, Khabarovsk, and abroad (to Beijing and Kharbin).

August 2013: Russia’s Interstate Aviation Committee has issued a supplemental type certificate (STC) for the Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100LR, certifying the long-range version of the Russian regional jet.

While the SSJ100’s maximum range is 3,048 km, the SSJ100LR has a maximum range of 4,578 km. Gazpromavia Aviation (GZP) is the launch customer for the SSJ100LR. First delivery is scheduled for the current quarter.

The SSJ100LR flight test program encompassed 115 flight hours on more than >60 flights. The SSJ100LR is powered by PowerJet (SaM146 1S18) engines that offer a +5% increased thrust over the (SaM146) engines used on the SSJ100.

Russia’s Ilyushin Finance Company (IFC) has firmed contracts for 22 MC-21s and 20 Sukhoi Superjet 100s (SSJ100s) at the (MAKS) Airshow in Moscow.

UTair Airline (TYU) has signed a lease agreement for six Sukhoi Superjet 100LRs (SSJ100LRs) with Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) (SSJ) and (VEB) Leasing at the (MAKS) Airshow in Moscow. The deal is valued at $217.2 million at current list prices.

Gazpromavia (GZP) has taken delivery of its first Sukhoi Superjet 100LR (SSJ100LR) airplane at the (MAKS) Airshow in Moscow, making it the first airline to receive the type.

November 2013: Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) (SSJ) has reported a net loss of -RUB7.29 billion/-$227 million for the first nine months ended September 30, deepened -2.8 times from a year ago. The results are published according to Russian Accounting Standards.

Revenue fell -14.2% to RUB3.52 billion, due to the unsatisfied development the financing infrastructure for airplane sales. According to (SCAC)’s business plan, it will reached the breakeven point in 2018.

The Russian manufacturer’s SSJ100 backlog includes nearly 200 airplanes. During the (MAKS) Airshow, the manufacturer signed firm orders for 21 airplanes. It plans to produce 26 airplanes in 2013 and 40 airplanes in 2014. This year, SSJ100s were delivered to Indonesian Sky Aviation (SKI), Laotian Lao Central (LCA), and Mexican Interjet Airline (AAE). Yakutia (SYL) became a new Russia’s SSJ100 operator at the end of 2012.

Interjet (AAE) has taken delivery of its third Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company SSJ100 airplane. According to (SCAC) (SSJ), the first two SSJ100s have operated 580 commercial flights, for a total duration of 600 hours.

Sukhoi Superjet International (CEO), Nazario Cauceglia is hoping to secure (EASA) certification for the long-range variant of the Superjet 100 (SSJ100LR) by year end.

December 2013: On December 16th, 2013 the third Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100 in full specification for Aeroflot Russian Airlines (ARO) operated a ferry flight from the Delivery Center of (CJSC) “Sukhoi Civil Aircraft” (Zhukovsky, Russia) to (ARO)'s base airport “Sheremetyevo.” The airplane was named after the (USSR) honored pilot (FC), a veteran of Aeroflot (ARO) — Pyotr Khmelnitsky.

The Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100 with tail number (RA89017) is ready to run commercial flights on domestic and international routes. (ARO) operates the SSJ100 airplane on routes to cities in Russia, Germany, Sweden, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Ukraine, and Belarus.

To date, (ARO) is the largest operator of Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100S. Starting from the Entry into Service (EIS) with (ARO), the SSJ100 has performed more than >16,000 commercial flights with a total of more than >24,000 flight hours. As of December 2013, 22 SSJ100s had been delivered to Russian and foreign customers.

On December 18, 2013 the third Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100 airplane was handed over to Indonesian airline, Sky Aviation (SKI). The SSJ100 with serial number (95031) departed from Moscow to (SKI)’s base airport located in the capital of Indonesia — Jakarta. (SKI) has already received two SSJ100. During their successful operations, the first two SSJ100 airplanes with serial numbers (95022) and (95027) have completed more than >800 flights with more than >1000 flight hours.

January 2014: Russia’s Ministry of Industry and Trade will invest RUB24 billion/$708.6 million in the Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SSJ) Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) program in 2014 to 2019.

The "(ITAR)-(TASS)" news agency quoted a draft of the upgraded state program for the development of the airplane industry for 2013 - 2025.

According to the document, the state will spend the following amounts: RUB1.25 billion in 2014; RUB1 billion in 2015; RUB1.8 billion in 2016; and nearly RUB400 million in 2017 and 2018. From 2016 to 2019, nearly RUB19 billion will be invested in the new SSJ100 type development, which is expected to be the SSJ100 stretched version that will be able to carry 115 passengers, up from the 98-passenger maximum capacity of the current SSJ100.

The manufacturer (ssj) plans to finish a new type development in three to four years. Market experts say Sukhoi should invest in Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) development for the existing SSJ100, not on a new type.

In 2014, Sukhoi (SSJ) will produce 40 SSJ100s, +15 more than in 2013. These airplanes will be delivered to Mexico’s Interjet (AAE), Russia’s Aeroflot (ARO), Gazpromavia (GZP), and UTair (TYU).

Russia and the Ukraine have launched a feasibility study into restarting serial production of the Antonov An-124-100 Ruslan heavy-lift transport airplane. An intergovernmental agreement signed in late October followed almost ten years of negotiations and is expected to lead to a joint venture (JV) between the Antonov (ADB) and the United Aircraft Company (UAC), parent of (SSJ).

Ukraine's Vice Prime Minister, Yuri Boyko said the new build An-124s would incorporate redesigned wings, airframe and landing gear, along with modern avionics and new Motor Sich-produced (D-18T) engines. Production of the airplanes, each valued at $300 million, could start between 2015 and 2020, with Russian sources estimating a market for up to 200 new-build An-124s.

Interjet (AAE)’s fourth Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) entered into service January 15 on a flight from Mexico City airport to Torreon.

March 2014: The sixth Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100 landed in Mexico on March 16, 2014 to join the Interjet (AAE) SSJ100 fleet.

The SSJ100 (95038) was rolled out from SuperJet International’s hangar in Venice (Italy) and took off from Venice Marco Polo airport for the ferry flight to Interjet facilities in Toluca (Mexico). During its ferry flight, the airplane stopped in Keflyavik (Iceland) and Bangor (Maine, USA).

“The SSJ100 introduction into Interjet (AAE)’s fleet is going on smoothly — states Nazario Cauceglia, (CEO) of SuperJet International — This confirms SuperJet International’s commitment in the SSJ100 program and the superior performance of the airplane. The SSJ100 has all the characteristics of a small mainliner, but with very low operating costs and superior comfort.”

The five SSJ100s in service with (AAE) are confirming an excellent performance with over >99% dispatch reliability and an average daily utilization of 9 flight hours, through 9 destinations in Mexico (from Mexico City to Torreon, Aguascalientes, Campeche, Minatitlan, Manzanillo, Zacatecas, Mazatlan, La Paz, and Reynosa).

“This new airplane provides the Mexican business and tourism industries with a boost in terms of competitiveness — said Mr Jose Louis Garza, (CEO) of (AAE) — Nevertheless, this new entry in the Interjet (AAE) fleet will contribute to the growth of the economy in the country, creating new jobs in the states which are part of the (AAE) network”.

So far, the airplane in service with (AAE) accumulated almost 4,000 flight hours, as part of a total of over 40,000 flight hours accumulated by all the SSJ100 airplanes in service world wide.

In the meantime, the seventh SSJ100 is currently under completion at SuperJet International’s plant in Italy and is almost ready to be delivered to the customer soon.

Interjet ordered 20 SSJ100 plus 10 options in the 93-seats (34’ pitch) configuration. The exclusive and comfortable interior are designed by Italian Company Pininfarina.

The SSJ100 is developed and built by Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) (SSJ), in partnership with Alenia Aermacchi. It incorporates the most modern Western technology and systems together with high standards of comfort available in the 100-seat segment.

April 2014: China's private company, Henan O-Bay Aircraft Company, placed an order with Russian airplane manufacturer Sukhoi (SSJ) for 100 Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ-100) passenger airplanes, at a value of US$3.54 billion, according to a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed by the two parties together with China Taly Aviation Technologies Company and Flying-Dream (Shanghai) General Aviation on March 23, "China Business News" reported.

Under the agreement, the Russian airplane manufacturer will cooperate with O-Bay Aircraft to establish an assembly line and delivery center of SSJ-100s in Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan province, marking Zhengzhou the third city nationwide to have the assembly line with capability to handle 100 seat airplanes, following Tianjin and Shanghai.

The SSJ-100 is a new generation of regional airplane with at most 180 seats, which was developed and manufactured by Sukhoi (SSJ) in collaboration with overseas companies, and Russia's first civil airplane that meets international standards. The SSJ-100 rolled out of its assembly line in 2009 and has received over a hundred orders since it began mass production in 2008.

As a privately owned general aviation company, the Henan-based company was not well-known in the aerospace industry until it placed the 100-aircraft order with the Russian firm. It is learnt that O-Bay's order will be partially used as economy (Y) class airliners for its regional operation, while the rest will be manufactured as luxury business jets for sale. It is also plans to apply for building a low-cost carrier (LCC), said an aviation expert.
It is said the contract will be signed in May after memorandum agreement of four companies. Tianli and Flying-Dream are responsible for the technology consulting.

With the same cooperation model between China and Airbus (EDS), Sukhoi (SSJ) promised to set up its airplane delivery center and assembly line in China, alongside an airplane purchase function. It is expected that the delivery center in Zhengzhou will start operation in 2016, while the assembly line is scheduled to complete construction by 2018.

May 2014: UTair-Express ((IATA) Code: UR, based at Syktyvkar) will shortly take delivery of its first SSJ100-95 (95060, RA-89033), originally intended for parent, UTair ((IATA) Code: UT, based at Khanty-Mansiysk) (TYU). Sources in the Russian aviation industry said that the Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SSJ) (Moscow Zhukovsky) twinjet is currently undergoing painting and will come equipped with 103 seats once ready.

Ordered in 2013 to replace its now retired fleet of Tu-134s, UTair (TYU) has a total of twenty-four SSJ100 Superjets on order. It intends to use the airplanes on flights to Europe as well as to western Siberia and the European part of Russia.

July 2014: Russia’s Interstate Aviation Committee has certified the Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) to operate on narrow, 30 m wide runways.

This Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) will allow SSJ100 operators to increase the number of possible destinations as part of current ground air transport infrastructure.

The certification program, which ran in February and March, included simulation and flight tests of two test airplanes at Ramenskoye Airport near Moscow and Karlovy Vary International Airport in the Czech Republic, which have 30 m wide runways. Tests included simulation of airplane functional systems’ failure as well as rejected takeoffs.

In June, the SSJ100 received CAT IIIa (ICAO) certification to land under tough weather conditions with low visibility below 175 m, including landing with up to 10 m per second flank wind.

Russian lessor, the Ilyushin Finance Company (IFC) has purchased eight Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) airplanes at the Farnborough Airshow. Deliveries are scheduled from September 2015 through the middle of 2016.

The eight airplanes are from an agreement signed at the (MAKS) Airshow in August 2013. According to (IFC) (CEO), Alexander Roubtsov, the new contract was necessary to establish new conditions, allowing the lessor to offer the SSJ100 to carriers on operational leases. The new contract also allows (IFC) to promote the SSJ100 in Europe.

Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SSJ) parent, the United Aircraft Corporation offers a residual value guarantee for the airplane, the details of which were not disclosed. However, a significant decrease in lease payments is expected to result.

September 2014: Russia will double its production of the Sukhoi Superjet SSJ-100 beginning in 2015 from 25 to 50 per year, Russian Deputy Prime Minister, Dmitry Rogozin said. “We believe it’s extremely important to launch the production of the Sukhoi Superjet SSJ-100. At least 50 planes can be produced per year starting from 2015,” Rogozin said during a meeting with Russian Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev.

Rogozin added that Russia currently builds only 25 Superjet SSJ-100s per year.

Russian Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev noted that Russia should increase the domestic production of airplanes and spare parts in view of Western sanctions.

A number of key Russian oil and defense industry companies and banks and are to become subject to a new round of economic sanctions, due to be imposed by the European Union (EU), "The Wall Street Journal" reported, citing (EU) documents.

October 2014: News Item A-1: A rental agreement for three Sukhoi Superjet 100 airplanes was signed between Red Wings (RWG) and the Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SSJ).

The airplanes will be handed over to (RWG) by the end of 2014 for one year with the possibility of extension. Red Wings (RWG) airline plans to operate Sukhoi Superjet 100 in Russia: from Moscow to Ufa, Makhachkala, Chelyabinsk, Sochi and Mineralnye Vody.

“The airplanes operated by (RWG) featuring a fully Russian air fleet will become the new page for the Sukhoi Superjet 100 project,” noted Ilya Tarasenko, the President of Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company. “Among the advantages of Sukhoi Superjet 100 airplanes to Red Wings (RWG) can be noted as an opportunity to develop city-pair markets until demand for them becomes appropriate to put on these routes single-aisle airplanes with higher capacity, which the airline already has,” he said.

Substitution, if necessary, of larger seating capacity airplanes operated with low passenger load factor are possible during seasonal downturns. The Sukhoi Superjet 100 airplanes allow (RWG) to substitute higher capacity airplanes both for a long period in a “low” season and during the day without compromising passenger comfort.

“Operations of airplanes such as the Sukhoi Superjet 100 will enforce the opportunities for Red Wings (RWG) to enter into the regional transportation market, which is new for the airline,“ noted Evgeny Klyucharev (CEO) of (RWG). “The signing of the rental agreement for Sukhoi Superjet 100 airplanes marked the beginning of the first phase of the program implementing a new type of airplane in the fleet of Red Wings (RWG), as we plan to increase the number of Sukhoi Superjet 100 to fifteen by 2017. At the same time, we remain committed to our strategy of flights operated by the Russian-built airplanes,” he concluded.

News Item A-2: Belgian regional, (VLM) Airlines, which is in the middle of a management buyout, is to launch the Sukhoi Superjet SSJ-100LR in Europe after detailing plans to take up to 14 of the type. SEE IMAGE - - "SSJ-SSJ-100LR - VLM AIRLINES-2014-10."

November 2014: Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) (SSJ) has been granted a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for its Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) to perform reduced thrust takeoff.

Reduced thrust takeoff mode on SSJ100 airplanes can be used at airports with runway exceeding >2,000 meters in length. It also reduces engine load and extends engine lifetime, minimizing airplane maintenance costs.

According to (SCAC), during the certification program, tests were conducted on prototype 95003 at Ramenskoye aerodrome. During the tests, 22 flights with different levels of thrust were performed.

In July, Russia’s Interstate Aviation Committee certified the SSJ100 to operate on narrow, 30 m wide runways, increasing the number of possible destinations as part of current ground air transport infrastructure.

In January, Russia’s Ministry of Industry & Trade said it would invest RUB24 billion/$708.6 million in the SSJ100 program in 2014 to 2019.

November 2014: Russia’s Interstate Aviation Committee’s Aviation Register (IAC AR) has granted a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) to Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) (SSJ) for its Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) to perform vertical navigation (VNAV) for all stages of flight.

According to a (SCAC) statement, the SSJ100 has become the first Russian-built airplane to achieve (VNAV) certificate for all stages of flight.

First (SCAC) VP, Igor Vinogradov said the company “plans to achieve validation by European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) of the (VNAV) functionality, certified by (IAC AR), for the SSJ100 basic and long-range versions.”

According to (SCAC), vertical navigation calculates a vertical profile of the flight according to the assigned path, considering airplane performance, as well as all speed and height restrictions applied to a specific path. (VNAV) functionality provides vertical profile-keeping recommendations to pilots (FC) during climb and cruising. It also ensures a fully automatic control during descent and approach.

Earlier in November, the (IAC) certified the SSJ100 to perform reduced thrust takeoff. In January, Russia’s Ministry of Industry & Trade said it would invest RUB24 billion/$708.6 million in the SSJ100 program in 2014 to 2019.

December 2014: News Item A-1: Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia, has canceled the air operator’s certificate (AOC) for Moskovia Airline (GAI). The (AOC) was canceled after three months after their suspension, according to Russian regulations.

Moskovia (GAI)’s (AOC) was suspended August 29 after (CEO), Mikhail Alexeev revealed (GAI) could no longer operate flights due to financial problems. Rosaviatsia banned ticket sales from July 29 after numerous flights delays.

Moskovia (GAI) was founded in 1994. Its fleet included three Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100s, one Boeing 737 and two cargo Antonov An-12s. The SSJ100s will be transferred to Red Wings airline (RWZ).

News Item A-2: The Aviation Register of the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC AR) confirmed the possibility to equip the Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100 airplane with the enhanced comfort passenger cabin interior. This Major Change Approval to the baseline Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100 Type Design, issued by the (IAC AR) in late November 2014, confirms the safe operation of this airplane type in the VIP configuration submitted for certification.

“Our Company is now engaged in the activities aimed to introduce the Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100 business version. The SSJ100 business jet version will meet not only the highest requirements for comfort but also serve the demand for long non-stop flights which is increasingly evident in the changing business aviation market”, noted Ilia Tarasenko, President of Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company. “The certification achieved on the enhanced comfort interior is another milestone in the planned development of the SSJ100 business version.”

The airplane, which is based on the baseline RRJ-95B platform certificate, is characterized by the more comfortable passenger cabin achieved by fitting the newly-developed VIP-interior, the provision of higher level of service and the provision of on-board multimedia systems. Together, this makes it possible to both work and relax during flights.

The SSJ100 VIP interior is designed for 19 passengers, hosted in a passenger cabin divided into several sections.

The first and second section, intended for business meetings, are equipped with comfortable furniture, state-of-the-art multimedia systems and rotating-sliding seats.

The main passenger cabin is equipped with a full-scale working station, furniture for relaxation and a wardrobe. A separate lavatory is provided at the rear of the airplane, just past the main passenger cabin.

The service section includes two cabin crew seats, a pantry-galley module with the latest equipment, a crew and passenger lavatory, as well as a wardrobe for passengers’ carry-on baggage.

The certified cabin configuration was designed with reference to the requirements of the launch customer, the Russian Government, which has placed a firm order for the new variant. The spacious cabin of the Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100 allows for great flexibility in interior configurations, enabling the airplane to meet all customer preferences and needs.

As a business jet, the Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100 VIP is firmly placed in the Ultra Large category, characterized by long range and spacious cabins, while also offering very competitive acquisition and ownership costs.

January 2015: News Item A-1: SkyTeam (STM) Alliance member Aeroflot (ARO) has signed an agreement with Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SSJ) for another 20 Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100s, which will be operated by the Russian carrier’s regional subsidiaries.

This latest agreement increases (ARO)’s commitment from 30 to 50 SSJ100s, scheduled for delivery by 2017. “(ARO) will receive the additional SSJ100s in full specification, able to accommodate 87 passengers in a spacious dual-class configuration (12C seats in business and 75Y in economy) and with a flight range of 2,400 km,” (ARO) said.

The airplane will be deployed on short-haul domestic routes operated by the Aeroflot (ARO) Group subsidiaries. “As the Russian domestic market continues to expand rapidly (Aeroflot Group’s domestic traffic increased +23.6% year-on-year in November 2014) the new airplanes are expected to make a significant contribution to the group’s future growth,” (ARO) said.

(ARO) currently operates a fleet of 150 Airbus (EDS), Boeing (TBC) and Sukhoi (SSJ) airplanes. In 2013, it carried 20.9 million passengers, or 31.4 million, including subsidiaries.

News Item A-2: Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) President, Mikhail Pogosyan is expected to resign before the end of the week, and Deputy Industry & Trade Minister, Yury Slyusar will head (UAC), "TASS" new agency has reported, quoting Minister of Industry & Trade, Denis Manturov. Pogosyan will remain the Russian manufacturer’s Chief Designer.

On January 16, (UAC)’s board of directors is expected to consider Pogosyan’s resignation and choose a new President.

Slusar will become (UAC)’s General Director. In 2010 - 2012, he was the head of the airplane industry department in the Ministry of Industry & Trade; in 2012 he became a Deputy Minister covering the airplane industry.

The Chief Designer & General Director positions are new positions within (UAC), which must change its statute to introduce both positions. Manturov said the decision to create the positions was due to the increasing number of (UAC) projects in military and civil aviation.

Pogosyan became (UAC) President in February 2011. His contract was due to expire in February 2016. The news of his resignation was reported last year, but in December, (UAC)’s press service denied the reports.

Pogosyan was criticized due to problems marketing the Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100. Despite investments in the project, the airplane manufacturer still has not gained a significant number of orders. Most SSJ100 buyers are from the Russia/(CIS) region. Several of them (Armavia (ARZ), Moskovia (GAI), and UTair (TYU)) were forced to cease SSJ100 operations.

Indonesian Sky Aviation (SKI)’s business failed and the manufacturer had to withdraw the airplane from (SKI). (UAC) received its first European order for the SSJ100 last year by Belgian (VLM) Airlines, but the letter of intent (LOI), which was signed at the end of October 2014, has not yet been turned into a firm order.

News Item A-3: On January 20th, United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) named Russia’s Deputy Industry & Trade Minister, Yury Slusar as President, not General Director, as announced previously.

Former President Mikhail Pogosyan, who resigned last week, was initially expected to remain as Chief Designer, but this has not been confirmed.

Slusar has not yet announced if significant changes will be made at (UAC).

Pogosyan became President in February 2011. His contract was due to expire in February 2016. The news of his resignation was reported last year, but in a December (UAC)’s press service, denied the reports. The former (UAC) President has been criticized due to problems marketing the Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100).

In January, Aeroflot (ARO) signed an agreement with Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SSJ) Company for another +20 SSJ100s, which will be operated by the Russian carrier’s regional subsidiaries.

February 2015: News Item A-1: On February 19, 2015 in the framework of the Aero India International Aerospace Show, the Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SSJ), and Bishwo Airways (BSW) signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the delivery of the Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100 airplanet.

It is expected that further consultations will result in a contract for five Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) airplanes. The SSJ100s 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 (BSW) is a private airline, registered in Nepal in the summer of 2014. (BSW) is a subsidiary of Bishwo Holdings, a diversified Nepalese investment holding company based in Singapore with Mr Ashish Man Shrestha as the presiding Chairman. An Airbus A330-200 will initially be operating flights to Saudi Arabia, the (UAE) and Malaysia with further expansion of its route network to Asia, the Middle East, and Europe.

Bishwo Airways (BSW) is entering the market with an Airbus A330-200 in the fleet. The SSJ100 will ensure certain additional benefits. (BSW) will be able to develop domestic and regional markets with SSJ100 airplanes until demand for them becomes appropriate for a larger airplane with a higher capacity. With more Airbus (EDS) airplanes in the pipeline for long haul flights, Bishwo Airways (BSW) plans to attain SSJ100 airplanes to have a fleet that can efficiently cater the needs of short haul destinations as well.

SSJ100 airplanes with a range of up to 4500 km, along with several wide body airplanes in the air fleet, will allow (BSW) to plan its operations in a flexible and efficient way.

News Item A-2: Interjet ((IATA) Code: 4O, based at Toluca) (AAE) has approved the firming up of options for an additional ten SSJ100-95s Russia's "(RU) Aviation News" reported. The move follows talks between (AAE)'s board and Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SSJ) (Moscow Zhukovsky) executives late last year and, according to Interjet (AAE) (CEO), Jose Luis Garza, will culminate in an agreement being signed in Venice, Italy later this year.

(AAE) operates eleven of the type on flights throughout Mexico as well as to Houston International and San Antonio International in the USA.

Meanwhile, Garza says his airline would consider developing Havana International into a regional hub but only once USA sanctions against the communist island are lifted. "It's only a dream now, first of all, the problem with lifting the economic embargo in Cuba must be solved," Jose Luis Garza told "(RIA) Novosti." "But the creation of a transcontinental hub there [in Cuba] is a very interesting idea."

After more than fifty years, the USA President Obama administration has signalled its intent to resume direct bilateral ties with Cuba, broken off two years after Fidel Castro overthrew Fulgencio Batista's regime in 1959.

With the prospect of a Cuban economic boom on the horizon, longterm ally, Russia says it has already held talks with Abu Dhabi's strategic investment firm, Mubadala, regarding the construction of an new intercontinental hub airport on the island. Should the project go ahead, Russia would contribute USD200 million.

“We are deeply involved in these negotiations,” Russian trade and industry minister, Denis Manturov told the United Arab Emirates (UAE)'s "National" newspaper. “Cuba is developing a transport hub from the seaport and a railway to the airport. They have only one international airport and they are planning to use one of the ex-military bases to build a big airport hub for Latin America.”

The paper claims Russia’s involvement in the project is part of a move by President Vladimir Putin to effectively write off about USD32 billion of Soviet-era debt, Cuba still owes. Under Moscow's new terms, Cuba must now repay Russia USD3 billion over a ten-year period.

March 2015: News Item A-1: Interjet (AAE) has firmed 10 Sukhoi (SSJ) Superjet SSJ100 options valued at $350 million.

(AAE), the only Western airline to operate the SSJ100, has 12 SSJ100s in service with a 13th delivered and ready to join the active fleet soon. With the newly firmed options, Interjet (AAE) will take delivery of +17 more SSJ100s to eventually have 30 in its fleet.

(AAE) said its SSJ100s operate with 99% dispatch reliability. “The Superjet SSJ100 is a really good product [and] we are very satisfied with its superior performance and the reduced operating costs,” Interjet (AAE) (CEO), Jose Luis Garza said. “The SSJ100 is perfectly suitable for domestic mid-density routes as well as several short-haul international ones.”

Interjet (AAE), which also operates Airbus A320 family airplanes, flies the SSJ100s from Mexico City and Toluca to various domestic destinations. In October 2015, it plans to start operating SSJ100s to the USA.

News Item A-2: Belgian regional wet-lease operator, (VLM) Airlines will place Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100LR regional airplanes into service in the third quarter of 2016.

Delivery of the airplanes to (VLM) is being postponed from April 2015 to enable the completion of European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification of features on the long-range variant, including takeoff and landing flaps settings, which are modified from the (EASA)-certified base model Superjet (SSJ) and which bring significant performance enhancements, according to (VLM).

The long-range capabilities of the airplanes are expected to enable (VLM) to add new, commercially attractive destinations to its expanding scheduled route network.

Under a letter of intent (LOI) signed in October 2014 with Ilyushin Finance Company, (VLM) has the option to lease up to four SSJ100 LRs and a further purchase option on 10 airplanes.

(VLM) Airlines (CEO), Arthur White said, “We have entered an exciting new phase of (VLM)’s growth, with new scheduled services linking Antwerp with Geneva and Hamburg, Rotterdam with Hamburg, and, from May onwards, Liège with Avignon, Nice, Bologna and Venice. The Superjet (SSJ100) will be an excellent complement to (VLM)’s Fokker F 50 fleet, and the long-range variant is best suited to our business model.”

April 2015: News Item A-1: The Russian government will give RUB100 billion/$1.9 billion to the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) this year for the Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100 program.

News Item A-2: United Aircraft Corppration (UAC) hopes to double its revenue over the next 10 years to RUB800 billion/$15 billion and produce at least 300 airplanes per year, half of which should be civil airplanes, (UAC) President, Yury Slusar said.

Slusar, who was appointed President in January, said the corporation will manufacture 193 airplanes this year, up +19.9% year-over-year; revenue should reach RUB400 billion, up +40% from RUB285 billion in 2014.

According to a company statement, (UAC) plans to concentrate on Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100 development. “We have to offer customers a wide range of airplanes from 75 to 130 seats in the regional segment,” Slusar said, adding (UAC) must provide modernization options for manufacturing airplanes.

From 2016 - 2017, (UAC) expects to deliver 34 SSJ100s per year. SSJ100 operators are Aeroflot (ARO) and Mexican Interjet (AAE), which currently operate 50 of the type. The MC-21 program is also a priority for (UAC), which expects to manufacture up to 72 of the type per year.

(UAC) reshuffled leadership positions in January when Slusar replaced Mikhail Pogosyan as President.

It was recently disclosed the Russian government would give RUB100 billion to (UAC) this year for the SSJ100 program.

News Item A-3: Russian airplane manufacturing conglomerate, the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) has named two new Vice Presidents. Alexander Bobryshev will become a VP responsible for the department for state aviation, Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO), and Dmitry Matsenov will become a VP responsible for Programs & Innovations. Bobryshev was previously General Director of Russia´s Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC); earlier, he had been a President of Tupolev company. From 2005 - 2010, Matsenov supervised the Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) (SSJ) Strategic Development. At (UAC), Matsenov is expected to develop civil aviation programs management, and will coordinate international cooperation and new technologies implementation.

In January, leadership positions at (UAC) were reshuffled. The corporation named Russia’s Deputy Industry & Trade Minister, Yury Slusar as President. Mikhail Pogosyan (previously (UAC)’s President since February 2011) was named (UAC)’s Chief Designer. Pogosyan’s contract was due to expire in February 2016; he had been criticized due to problems marketing the Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100).

News Item A-4: On April 2, 2015 the third Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100 joined the Red Wings Airlines (RWZ) fleet. The SSJ100 (RA-89001) flew from the Delivery Centre of Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SSJ) to Moscow Domodedovo Airport.

Currently, (RWZ) is successfully operating two SSJ100s on the flights from Moscow to the Russian cities Makhachkala, Grozny, Ufa, Nalchik, and Ulianovsk City.

Red Wings (RWZ) plans to expand the route network for the SSJ100s to Gelendzhik, Saratov and other Russian cities, as well as to develop inter-regional flights.

Since entry into service (EIS) in early February this year, two SSJ100s in (RWZ)'s fleet operated more than >500 hours, while the SSJ100 has already transported more than >17,000 passengers.

In accordance with Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft Lease Agreement signed in October 2014 between (RWZ) and Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SSJ), the leasing period of three SSJ100s shall be three years with possible extension. The SSJ100 is being delivered to (RWZ) in 93-seat two-class cabin configuration.

(RWZ) was founded in 1999. (RWZ) performs regular and charter domestic and international flights. Passenger traffic volume of (RWZ) in 2014 totaled more than >1 million passengers.

News Item A-5: Interjet (AAE) has taken delivery of its 14th Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100 - - SEE PHOTO - - "SSJ-SSJ100 - 14th - 2015-04." SuperJet International plans to deliver an additional seven SSJ100s by the end of 2015. Four of them are currently under completion at its hangar in Venice.

The SSJ100s are operated in the domestic Mexican market and on new routes to Houston and San Antonio (Texas). Interjet (AAE) ordered 30 SSJ100 in the 93-seats (34 inch pitch) configuration.

The SSJ100 is developed by Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) (SSJ), in partnership with Finmeccanica-Alenia Aermacchi. The airplane incorporates the most modern Western technology and systems, optimized power and efficiency, together with high standards of comfort available in the 100-seat segment.

(AAE), which also operates Airbus A320 family airplanes, flies the SSJ100s from Mexico City and Toluca to various domestic destinations. In October 2015, it plans to start operating SSJ100s to the USA.

May 2015: Russia and China have signed a framework agreement establishing a new joint venture (JV) leasing company, which will order up to 100 Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100 airplanes worth $3 billion over the next three years for carriers in China and Southeast Asia. This is nearly twice the number of airplanes that have already been delivered to mainly Russian customers.

The agreement was signed by Russia-China Investment Fund (RCIF), Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC, member of Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation), Xixian New Area Administrative Committee and China’s New Century International Leasing. The new company will be headquartered at Sino-Russian High-Tech Innovation Park at Xixian, Shaanxi province, China.

According to United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), the Xixian administration will provide land to build the (MRO) infrastructure for the SSJ100.

To support the SSJ100 program, the Russian government will give RUB100 billion/$1.9 billion to (UAC) this year for the Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) program.

In January, the Russian airplane manufacturing conglomerate reshuffled its leadership positions. (UAC) President, Mikhail Pogosyan resigned a year earlier than his contract specified, which was originally February 2016. He had been criticized due to problems marketing the Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100).

July 2015: News Item A-1: Russian Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev has signed a government resolution giving Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) (SSJ) a RUB250 million/$4.2 million subsidy to promote the Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100 this year.

The additional funds will allow (SSJ) to reimburse 90% of costs for stocking of spare parts, acquiring airport ground equipment and pilot (FC) training, the Russian Industry & Trade Ministry said.

Medvedev said the airline business is in a recession in Russia, which “significantly influences airplane manufacturers’ plans. Not all carriers that ordered additional airplanes will take delivery. The resolution should support Russian airplanes and promote their sales. If the measure is successful, we will decide on giving the same support for civil helicopters, like the Mil Mi-38 and Ansat,” Industry & Trade Minister, Denis Manturov said, also adding the MC-21 airplane to the list.

In 2013, UTair Airline (TYU) signed a leasing agreement for six SSJ100s but could not take them due to financial problems.

News Item A-2: Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SSJ) delivered the 10th Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100 aircraft to Russia’s Gazpromavia (GZP). The SSJ100 will begin commercial operations after the registration of the airworthiness certificate.

August 2015: News Item A-1: Aeroflot ((IATA) Code: (SU), based at Moscow Sheremetyevo) (ARO) is planning to equip two of its subsidiaries with an undisclosed number of SSJ100-95s, (CEO) Vitaly Savelyev has told Russia's "TASS" newswire.

“I don't think it will happen this year, but we have plans for next year," he said. "We are considering two subsidiaries – Rossiya ((IATA) Code: FV, based at St Petersburg) (SDM) and Donavia ((IATA) Code: D9, based at Rostov) (DON).”

Earlier this year, state-backed (ARO) signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (Moscow Zhukovsky) to acquire a further twenty SuperJets with deliveries to occur by 2016. Once firmed, the order will boost (ARO)'s SuperJet order book to fifty airframes.

In a bid to ease a foreign currency crunch and to stimulate local industry, the Russian government has committed itself to weaning Russia off its dependence on Western-manufactured airplanes.

In March, Moscow announced it would inject RUB100 billion/USD1.9 billion into Sukhoi (SSJ)'s parent firm, the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), to help spur the production of the SuperJet while moving to recapitalize the State Transport Leasing Company (GTLK) to the tune of RUB30 billion/USD469 million.

In June, (GTLK) announced it had secured placements for thirty-two Superjets (fifteen with Yamal Airlines ((IATA) Code: YC, based at Salekhard) (LLM), fifteen with Kazakhstan's Scat ((IATA) Code: DV, based at Shimkent) (VSV) and two with an undisclosed operator) it had bought using the funds which were extended to it in the form of tied-loans.

News Item A-2: The United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) will invest RUB19 billion/$282 million into development of a relaunched version of the Ilyushin Il-114 regional airliner.

The United Aircraft Corporporation (UAC) said it expects the Russian commercial aviation market to need 860 aircraft at a list value $94 billion from 2015 through 2034. In a briefing August 27 at the (MAKS) Air Show in Moscow, (UAC) also forecasted the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) will need 290 aircraft, valued at $28 billion for the same period. The (UAC) report said an increase in direct regional routes will be crucial for Russian commercial air market development.

September 2015: News Item A-1: "Sukhoi (SSJ) Pushes SSJ100t Sales in Asia" by (ATW) Jeremy Torr, September 1, 2015.

Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SSJ) is pushing Superjet SSJ100 aircraft sales in Southeast Asia as part of a new strategy to expand its emerging market commercial sector sales by +30%. Following a visit to the region earlier this year by a high ranking Russian delegation, SSJ100s have been delivered to Cambodia, Laos, and potentially Vietnam.

Vientiane-based Lao Central Airlines (LCA) will start operations later this year with a single SSJ100, and has options on another two of the aircraft. Sky Angkor Airlines (SKW), based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, is to take a single SSJ100 in December for use on regional schedules, with +2 more in the pipeline.

(SSJ) has claimed sales to date of 13 SSJ100s to various buyers in Laos and Indonesia, and has established a new Sino-Russian leasing company to lease at least 100 of the aircraft to Southeast Asian operators over the next three years.

The new leasing entity will base operations in Xixian, Shaanxi province, and will spend $3 billion on the aircraft.

Additionally, the recent Russian delegation to the region (which included Russian Minister of Industry & Trade, Yuri Slyusar) said it had talks with Vietnam Airlines (VIE) and Vietjet Air (VJE) on potential deals for the SSJ100, although this has not been confirmed.

Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), of which Sukhoi (SSJ) is a subsidiary, is also known to be actively seeking to establish a Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) presence in the region to bolster SSJ100 sales. Initial indications are the (MRO )center could be in Vietnam.

News Item A-2: "(MAKS) Air Show News" by (ATW) Polina Montag-Girmes, September 1, 2015.

Russia’s state-owned, Tuva Airlines signed a letter of intent (LOI) for 10 Sukhoi SSJ100s with State Transport Leasing Company. The Tuva government said the aircraft has already performed test flights between Tuva capital, Kyzyl and Moscow. The aircraft will be delivered to the carrier through 2018.

Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SSJ) plans to reduce the net cost of the SSJ100 to $2.6 million over the next three years, United Aircraft Corporation President, Yury Slusar said. (SSJ) plans to replace some Western-built spare parts for Russian-built analogues.

United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) has appointed former Head of United Engine Corporation Vladislav Masalov as Chief Designer and VP Civil Aviation. (UAC) President, Yury Slusar said (UAC) is changing its strategy and structure and Masalov will head the renewed Civil Aviation Division.

United Aircraft Corporation subsidiary, (UAC)-Capital signed an agreement with Sberbank to allow a structured residual value guarantees mechanism for new Russian-built aircraft. The mechanism is necessary to develop the operational lease of Russian-built aircraft.

Russia's State Transport Leasing Company (GTLK) has signed a firm order agreement with Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SSJ) (based at Moscow Zhukovsky) for 32 SSJ 100-95s with options for an additional 28 of the type.

Announced during the ongoing (MAKS) 2015 Air Show at Moscow Zhukovsky, the first of the jets will be delivered in May 2016.

Of the order, 15 will head to Kazakhstan's Scat ((IATA) Code: DV, based at Shimkent) (VSV) as part of a larger Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which includes 5 options, while 25 will go to Yamal Airlines ((IATA) Code: YC, based at Salekhard) (LLM). Both carriers are expected to finalize their 12-year lease agreements with the Russians in August next year.

Red Wings ((IATA) Code: WZ, based at Moscow Vnukovo) (RWZ) also signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to lease 15 SSJ100 Superjets subject to finalization.

News Item A-3: News Item A-2: Iran has signed contracts worth US$21 billion/13 billion pounds to buy satellite equipment and aircraft from Russia, Manouchehr Manteghi, the Managing Director of Iran Aviation Industries Organization, said in an interview with Russian agency Sputnik. Manteghi said the contracts had been signed at the (MAKS)-2015 air show in Russia last month.

The contracts involved satellite-related equipment as well as the Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100 regional passenger aircraft, Sputnik said.

Russia and Iran have been working to boost economic ties since Tehran signed a deal with six world powers in July, which offers Iran relief from sanctions in exchange for curbing its nuclear program.

News Item A-4: FL Technics has received an extension of its European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Part 145 certificate adding support for the Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100-95.

October 2015: News Item A-1: The Russian government will add RUB30 billion/$487 million to the State Transport Leasing Company (STLC). The capital increase will allow the lessor “to raise funds for acquisition and ensuing lease out of aircraft to Russian carriers,” according to a statement.

The share issue will be paid for by swapping the corresponding amount of Federal loan obligations under a multi-party agreement between the Ministries of Transport, Industry & Trade, the Deposit Insurance Agency, and (STLC). The decree was signed by Russian Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev on October 14.

(STLC) signed a firm order for 32 Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100 aircraft at the (MAKS) Air Show in Moscow at the end of August. It also placed options for a further 28 SSJ100s. The company signed an agreement with Russia’s Yamal Airlines (LLM) to lease 25 SSJ100s to the carrier and a letter of intent (LOI) with Tuva Airlines for 10 aircraft of the type.

News Item A-2: The United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) appointed former Head of the United Engine Corporation, Vladislav Masalov as VP Civil Aviation.

(UAC), Yury Slusar said at the (MAKS) Air Show that the corporation is changing its strategy and structure, and Masalov would head the renewed Civil Aviation Division. The new VP position was officially established at the (UAC) directors’ board meeting on September 23.

From 2012 - 2015, Masalov was General Director of the United Engine Corporation.

November 2015: News Item A-1: "Dubai Air Show: Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) Could Deliver up to 100 SSJ100s to Iran" by (ATW) Polina Montag-Girmes, November 9, 2015.

Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) (SSJ) could deliver up to 100 Sukhoi Superjet 100s (SSJ100s) to Iran, if sanctions against the country are lifted.

(SCAC) President, Ilya Tarasenko said at the Dubai Air Show that (SCAC) is ready to include Iranian companies in the SSJ100 cooperation program, if negotiations to lift sanctions are successful.

“That is a demand on the Iranian side,” Tarasenko said. “The industrial sector is developed quite well in Iran, so we can use this in the interest of the SSJ100.” He also added that Iranian companies can manufacture aircraft frame components as well as perform after-sale support.

(SCAC) is also negotiating with India’s Tata Group for a deal that includes up to 50 aircraft for deliveries starting in 2018.

January 2016: "Thailand’s Kan Air Looks to Lease Regional Jets" by
(ATW) Jeremy Torr, January 6, 2016.

Thailand-based regional carrier, Kannithi Aviation (Kan Air) is looking to expand its fleet with either Airbus A320 or Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) aircraft.

The carrier has been in talks with SSJ100 manufacturer, United Aircraft Corporation, parent of Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SSJ), and lessor (GE) Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) (GEF) to lease single-aisle regional jets (either three SSJ100s or two A320s).

Kan Air (CEO), Somphong Sooksanguan said earlier this year he would continue to expand routes and services across the region.

Kan Air would be the third Asian commercial operation to operate the Sukhoi aircraft. Lao Central Airlines (LCA) operates a single SSJ100 Superjet, and Indonesia-based Sky Aviation (SKI) took delivery of three Superjets in 2013, although it is not currently operating them.

The deal would be a boost for the region’s Russian manufacturer as sales of the Superjet have failed to ramp up as originally planned. (UAC) has reduced target sales over the next 15 years by more than >200 aircraft and is also looking to cut manufacturing costs significantly.

Kan Air, which took delivery of an additional leased ATR72-500 in March 2015, flies to eight regional destinations out of its base at Chiang Mai in the north of Thailand using a mixed fleet of ATR, Cessna and Beechcraft aircraft.

February 2016: Belgian carrier, (VLM) Airlines has canceled its order for Sukhoi SSJ100s.

In October 2014, VLM announced it planned to acquire up to 14 long-range versions of the Sukhoi SSJ100. Under a letter of intent (LOI) with Ilyushin Finance, (VLM) took the option to lease up to four SSJ100LRs plus purchase rights on 10 more aircraft.

The first two aircraft were due to arrive on 12-year operating leases from April 2015. However, in March 2015, a delay in the initial deliveries until (3Q) 2016 was announced, due to the need to certificate the long-range version by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

The deal has now been scrapped and (VLM) will look anew at finding a new aircraft to supplement or replace its existing fleet of 11 Fokker F 50 turboprops.

“The SSJ will not go ahead,” (VLM)’s Managing Director, Hamish Davidson said. “I know a lot of work went into that [deal], but it doesn’t rule out continuing to look at how we re-fleet the business looking forward.”

The decision to drop the Russian regional jet was made primarily because of (VLM)’s exposure to potential risks from an aircraft whose long-range version had not yet achieved (EASA) certification.

Additionally, over the course of 2015 geopolitical factors (the rising tension between Russia and the West over the conflict in Ukraine) “became an ongoing concern,” Davidson said, although that was not the driving factor behind the decision to halt the deal.

(VLM) was the subject of a management buy-out from its parent company, Dublin-based CityJet, in the fall of 2014, just six months after CityJet was itself spun out of Air France (AFA) - (KLM), for which it had operated regional services.

Davidson, who took on the (CEO) role at Antwerp-based, VLM in January, said decisions would be taken over the next six months on the future direction in which the company would grow. He hoped a defined plan would be in place by (4Q) 2016.

“We most certainly won’t turn away from evaluating the potential of the new jets coming into the marketplace,” he said.

March 2016: "United Aircraft Corporation Names Management Board" by (ATW) Polina Montag-Girmes, March 10, 2016.

United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) has announced the members of renewed management board. It includes (UAC) President, Yury Slusar, as well as nine VPs that are responsible for different directions of (UAC) business: Alexander Bobrishev, Alexey Demidov, Alexander Konyukhov, Sergey Korotkov, Vladislav Masalov, Igor Ozar, Alexander Skokov, Alexander Tulyakov and Sergey Yurasov.

(UAC) leadership positions were reshuffled in January 2015. The corporation named Russia’s Deputy Industry & Trade Minister, Yury Slusar as President. Mikhail Pogosyan (previously (UAC)’s President since February 2011) left the corporation. Several new VPs were appointed over the last year.

April 2016: United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) reported a 2015 net loss of -RUB108.7 billion/-$1.5 billion, widened from a net loss of -RUB13.7 billion in the year-ago period.

According to (UAC), the losses are the result of asset depreciation, as well as an increase of expenses because of macroeconomic changes.

(UAC) reported a +19% increase in revenue to RUB352 billion. It sold 156 aircraft in 2015, -3 fewer than in 2014.

Last year, (UAC) delivered 25 Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) aircraft (20 new SSJ100s were delivered to Russia’s Aeroflot (ARO), Gazprom Avia (GZP), and Mexica’s Interjet Airlines (AAE). Five more aircraft were delivered to Russia’s State Transport Leasing Company.

According to (UAC), consolidated net liabilities were down -35% to RUB169 billion in 2015, which because of a government decision to increase capital +RUB100 billion to support the SSJ100 program.

October 2016: Sukhoi (SSJ)’s SSJ100 and Bombardier (BMB)’s CSeries 100 (CS100) are closing in on their London City Airport steep approach certifications, which they hope to secure in 2017. The combination of London City’s short runway and the presence of several high buildings in the nearby Docklands financial area mean that aircraft landing from the west have to adopt an approach of 5.5 degrees, almost double the standard 3 degree glide slope.

November 2016: "China, Russia Launching (JV) to Design Wide Body Aircraft" by (ATW) Katie Cantle, November 3, 2016.

The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) (CCC) is expected to launch a joint venture (JV) with Russia to design and develop wide body aircraft at the end of this year.

(CCC) signed an agreement with Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) (SSJ) in June. According to the agreement, both companies will design, manufacture, market and provide after-sale support for new aircraft. (COMAC) (CCC) is showing a model of the 281-seat wide body aircraft with a range of 120,000 km at Airshow China, November 1 - 6 in Zhuhai, China. (CCC) noted the aircraft also has 350-seat extended version with air range of 9,000 to 10,000 km, and a 250-seat shortened version with air range of 13,000 to 14,000 km.

The Chinese airframer (CCC) revealed the 1st flight is expected in 2023, and 1st delivery in 2026 at the earliest; this is similar to (CCC)’s C919, which started production in 2008 and may possibly have its 1st flight in 2017.

(CCC) noted that the new aircraft would be open for bid to global aviation suppliers. According to industry analysts, the new wide body aircraft is set to compete against the Boeing 787 and Airbus A330.

December 2016: News Item A-1: Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) expects revenue generated from civil aircraft sales to grow as much as +45% through 2035 from the existing +20%.

The total share of (UAC) civil aircraft at the global market should reach 4.5% through 2025, the company said in its 2035 strategy plan.

(UAC) plans to reach net-profit breakeven in 2025; during 2025 - 2035 it aims to decrease its dependence on government investments. (UAC) intends to maximize sales of civil regional, narrow- and wide body aircraft internationally.

The company estimates the total effect from floating-capital-management optimization, investment optimization and noncore assets sales at 700 billion rubles/$11.4 billion through 2035.

(UAC) was created in 2006, uniting the assets of Sukhoi (SSJ); Ilyushin; Tupolev; Yakovlev; Irkut Corporation (IKT); and others. The company manufactures the Sukhoi (SSJ) Superjet 100 and is developing the Irkut MC-21. (UAC) also is designing a new wide body aircraft with the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) (CCC).

News Item A-2: Russia's State Transport Leasing Company (STLC) said it signed a firm order with Yamal Airlines (LLM) to lease 13 Sukhoi Superjet 100s (SSJ100s). The deal is part an order for 25 SSJ100s that was announced in August 2015.

According to the (STLC), this year it has delivered 3 SSJ100s to (LLM), with +6 more to be supplied before year-end. The lessor plans to deliver +10 more aircraft in 2017.

(STLC) has also signed a firm order with Irkutsk-based IrAero Airlines for 4 SSJ100s, which are scheduled for delivery in (1Q) 2017. IrAero already operates 4 of the type.

News Item A-3: "SSJ100s Cleared to Resume Flights After Fault Identified" by Karen Walker, (ATW) Daily News, December 27, 2016.

Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SSJ) said it has identified a minor fault in the tail stabilizer of one SuperJet SSJ100 during inspections after Russian aviation authorities grounded the aircraft on December 24.

On December 27, Sukhoi (SSJ) said there was a "defect in the stabilizer attachment bands on 1 aircraft" but the fault was not systemic and all other aircraft were able to resume flights after being inspected. "Examination has confirmed that the issue is not a critical situation: the node features a multi-level redundant structure and has a safety margin which is >2x the operational loads," Sukhoi (SSJ) said.

An industry expert said it appeared the "stabilizer attachment bands" referred to in the statement were structural reinforcements in the horizontal stabilizer where it attaches to the fuselage. (SSJ) said it is a redundant structure, which suggests something like a doubler plate added to increase the strength of the joint.

January 2017: Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SSJ) technical teams have been in Mexico since late December conducting repair work on 11 Superjet 100 (SSJ100) aircraft grounded by Mexican airline Interjet (AAE), the only SSJ100 operator in the Americas.

A Sukhoi Civil Aircraft spokesperson said the aircraft were grounded because of “technical problems with a stabilizer node.” The grounding affected half of (AAE)’s fleet of 22 SSJ100s; (AAE) has +8 more SSJ100s on order.

The repair work is covered under warranty, according to Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SSJ), which expects all 11 SSJ100s to be back in service “by the middle of January.”

Interjet (AAE) grounded the 11 aircraft following inspections on its SSJ100 fleet prompted by Russian aviation authorities. Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SSJ) said in December it had identified a minor fault in the tail stabilizer of an SSJ100.

According to (SSJ), all SSJ100s in operation worldwide have been inspected and were either cleared to continue service or temporarily taken out of service for the necessary repairs.

The Sukhoi Civil Aircraft spokesperson said Interjet (AAE)’s SSJ100 stabilizer nodes will be inspected weekly going forward.

* Later, Russia’s Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SSJ) completed repairs on all 11 Sukhoi Superjet 100s (SSJ100s) that were grounded by Interjet (AAE).

(AAE) grounded 11 out of 22 SSJ100s at the end of December 2016 after (SSJ) identified a minor fault in the tail stabilizer of one aircraft during inspections. At the end of last year, (SSJ) experts were sent to Mexico to perform all required maintenance.

The 1st 6 aircraft were returned into service by January 9. The troubleshooting procedure was agreed with Russian aviation authorities and carried out under the control of Mexican aviation authorities. “Owing to concerted joint efforts with (AAE)’s specialists, within just 2 weeks all 11 aircraft have been restored and returned to operation,” (SSJ) President Kamil Gaynutdinov said.

“Thanks to the joint work done with the manufacturer, the process was carried out in a shorter time than initially considered, which will allow Interjet (AAE) to operate with its entire fleet of 70 aircraft on >300 daily flights,” (AAE) (CEO) José Luis Garza said.

February 2017: Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) has signed an agreement with Ilyushin Aviation Complex to modernize the Ilyushin Il-96.

The new version, Il-96-400M, will be a development of the Il-96-300, (UAC) said on February 10. The aircraft fuselage will be extended by 9.65 m and will be equipped with (PS-90A1) engines, a modernized version of the (PS-90A) that is used to power the Il-96-300.

The long-haul wide body will be able to carry 390 passengers. The prototype, which will be manufactured at Voronezh Aircraft Production Association (VASO), is expected to perform its 1st flight in 2019.

The Il-96-300 was granted a type certificate in 1992, performing its 1st flight in 1993. Over the past 20 years, (VASO) assembled 23 of the type. According to Ilyushin, Russia’s governmental squadron operates 9 Il-96-300s, while Havana-based Cubana de Aviacion (CUB) has 5 Il-96-300s.

In 2009, Russia’s Polet Airline (PLT) began operating Il-96-400T cargo aircraft, but later (PLT) went bankrupt and the cargo project was never developed.

April 2017: 4 SSJ100-95LR (95119, RA-89075; 95121, RA-89076; 95124, RA-89077) delivered to IrAero.

May 2017: News Item A-1: The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has granted type certificate approval to Russia’s Sukhoi Superjet 100 B100 aircraft, Sukhoi Civil Aircraft CoMpany (SSJ) announced May 16.

The new SSJ100 version, designated as B100, is equipped with higher thrust (SaM146) engines, which also are installed on the SSJ100 Long Range aircraft.

The range for the SSJ100 B100 is 3,048 km/1,894 miles and the maximum takeoff weight is 45,880 kg/101,148 lbs, which are the same as for the basic variant. However, the new engines allow aircraft operations under high temperatures and high altitude conditions. The B100’s takeoff distance is -10% shorter than the earlier SSJ model.

The B100 was certified in Russia at the end of 2015. The (EASA) type certificate allows (SSJ) to deliver this aircraft variant to European customers as well as to customers in several other regions.

News Item A-2: SuperJet International (SSJ) has named Stefano Marazzani as (CEO), succeeding Nazario Cauceglia who has been appointed President & Chairman of the board. Cauceglia had been (CEO) since January 2012.

According to a company statement, Marazzani joined SuperJet International in 2009. In 2014 he was appointed SVP-Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) customer services. Prior to that, in 2006, he was appointed as head of “EASA Part 145 Approved Maintenance Organization” for Alitalia and in 2007 as “Aircraft and Engine Base Maintenance Manager” of EASA Part 145 Approved Maintenance Organization.

SuperJet International is a joint venture of Venice-based Sukhoi Holding and Leonardo-Finmeccanica, which was established to sell the SSJ100.

July 2017: Azimuth (AZM) SSJ100 (95129, RA-89080), (GTLK) leased.

August 2017: Russia’s (S7) Engineering (SBR), a Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) member of the (S7) (SBR) Group, will provide maintenance for Azimuth Airline (AZM)’s Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) fleet, (SBR) said on August 8.

(AZM), The Rostov on Don-based carrier, which is scheduled to start operations in September, will have a fleet of 12 SSJ100s. Azimuth Airline (AZM) took delivery of its 1st SSJ100 July 7. The aircraft is leased by the State Transport Leasing Company (STLC).

(S7) Engineering (SBR) launched a dedicated SSJ100 line station at Rostov on Don in July.

In 2016, (S7) Engineering (SBR) won approval by Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency (FAP-285) for all types of SSJ100 line and base maintenance services, as well as component repairs.

Until recently, the company provided SSJ100 maintenance only at its facilities at Moscow Domodedovo and Mineralnye Vody airports. (S7) Engineering (SBR) has performed 24 periodic maintenance checks on SSJ100s for operators including IrAero, Gazprom Avia (GZP) and Yamal (LLM).

(SBR), the (MRO) provider has created a pool of spare parts and components to operate maintenance checks independently of the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), up to "C" checks. It also has contracts in place with the line up of SSJ100 component suppliers.

October 2017: The PowerJet (SaM146) engine, which powers the Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100), has exceeded >700 flight hours, Russia’s United Engine Corporation (UEC) said October 12. PowerJet: —a 50:50 joint venture of France’s Snecma and Russia’s (UEC)-Saturn has assembled and delivered the 300th engine of the type to aircraft manufacturer Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SSJ). “The (SaM146) engine and the Sukhoi Superjet 100 are available both inside and outside Russia.”

December 2017: News Item A-1: "SuperJet International (SJI) Appoints New Senior VP" by Polina Montag-Girmes , December 14, 2017.

SuperJet International (SJI) has named Stewart Cordner as Senior VP Commercial. According to a company statement, he will be responsible for delivering on SSJ100 sales and expanding sales campaigns for the aircraft.

Cordner started his career in 1985 with British Aerospace. His experience has included manufacturing, Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO), customer support and (most recently) aircraft sales and asset management. He has worked for (BAE) Systems for >10 years and in 2010 founded the Cordner Aviation Group, specializing in aircraft trading and marketing consultancy services. During his career, he has also held various overseas positions in Latin America, the USA, China and Europe. In October 2012, he joined Russia’s Ilyushin Finance Company (IFC) as Sales & Marketing Director.

In May 2017, (SJI) named Stefano Marazzani as (CEO), succeeding Nazario Cauceglia who was appointed President & Chairman of the board.

Venice, Italy-based (SJI) is in charge of marketing and sales of the SSJ100 aircraft and after-sales support and training for SSJ100 customers. The SSJ100 is designed and manufactured by Russia’s Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SSJ).

News Item A-2: Sino-Russian commercial aircraft consortium Craic is taking over management of the program to develop the CR929 wide body aircraft, following the partners’ approval of a proposed budget and organizational structure. “These decisions will facilitate the launch into operation of the joint venture in the nearest future,” Russian partner United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) said. (UAC) and the Chinese partner, (Comac) (CCC), set up Craic as a joint company in Shanghai in May.

October 2018: "Rostec Takes Control of Russian Aircraft Manufacturer United Aircraft Corporation (UAC)" by Maxim Pyadushkin, (

The Russian aircraft industry went through another round of consolidation on October 25 as the country’s aircraft manufacturing conglomerate United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) fell under control of industrial giant Rostec.

To move the deal forward, Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a bill on October 25 allowing transfer of the government’s 92.31% share to Rostec. The deal will close in 18 months. Rostec is a state-owned corporation governed by Putin associate Sergey Chemezov.

Founded in 2007, Rostec gradually took control of government assets in the defense and automotive industries.

Rostec was already the largest supplier to (UAC), providing the
manufacturer with 70% of aircraft components and subsystems,
including engines, avionics, hydraulics and composites. Rostec’s most important asset is United Engine Corporation that supplies
powerplants for the (UAC) and the country’s rotorcraft manufacturer
Russian Helicopters (also owned by Rostec).

Rostec’s avionics facilities are merged into Concern Radio-Electronic Technologies, which supplies products for both military and
commercial Russian aircraft. Another important aerospace subsidiary
is Technodinamika, which manufactures various aircraft components.
Russian media reported Vice-Premier Yury Borisov as saying the
integration with Rostec will help (UAC) to strengthen supply chains
and minimize production expenses. Borisov supervises Russia’s
defense and the aerospace industries.

Earlier in 2018 Rostec promised to invest up to RUB40 billion ($611 million) in (UAC)’s major commercial program, the development of MC-21 narrow body passenger aircraft. But this looks like a modest price for the merge with (UAC), which gives Rostec control over all financial resources that the aircraft manufacturer receives from the government in the form of various subsidies and huge defense orders from the country’s military.

(UAC) has become the world’s largest manufacturer of combat aircraft. It delivered 94 fighters and bombers to the Russian air force and foreign customers in 2017. Its major commercial programs include Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100 regional aircraft, MC-21s, Russo-Chinese CR929 wide bodies and upgraded Ilyushin Il-114 turboprops.

November 2018: November 2018: "Adria Airways to Acquire 15 Leased SSJ100s, (MRO) Center" by (ATW) Maxim Pyadushkin (, November 27, 2018.

Adria Airways (ADR) signed a letter of intent (LOI) to acquire 15 Sukhoi (SSJ) Superjet 100s (SSJ100s) via a long-term lease arrangement and signed an (MOU) with Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) to establish a joint (MRO) operation at Ljubljana Airport.

Deliveries are expected to start in the beginning of 2019. “During the past 2 years we were analyzing the SSJ100 type and came to the conclusion that all the technical and operational characteristics of this aircraft would suit best for our strategic goals,” Adria (CEO) Holger Kowarsch said, adding the introduction of the Russian aircraft would enable (ADR) to offer more aircraft for aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance (ACMI) service.

(ADR) currently operates 3 Airbus A319s, 9 Bombardier CRJ900LRs, 3 CRJ700ERs and 6 Saab 2000s. All A319s, 1 CRJ700 and half of the Saabs are used for (ACMI) services that are being considered as 1 of the key development directions by (ADR).

(ADR) will become the 2nd European operator for the Superjet SSJ100. The launch customer for the region was Irish-based CityJet, which has operated the type since 2016. 4 of its 7 SSJ100s are wet-leased by Brussels Airlines (DAT)/(EBA) through March 2019. (DAT)/(EBA) refused to prolong the lease because of the aircraft’s teething problems.

Superjet Russian manufacturer (SSJ) evidently wants to avoid such problems with (ADR). It has already agreed to set up a joint (MRO) center in Ljubljana Airport for better maintenance support. “That service platform will secure the operational reliability of SSJ100 aircraft in Europe,” (SCAC) (SSJ) President Alexander Rubtsov said.

The Superjet SSJ100 entered commercial operations in 2011 and was certified by (EASA) in 2012. In addition to Russia, the aircraft also operates in Europe, Mexico, Kazakhstan, and Thailand.


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December 2018:

TOTAL 253 ORDERS SSJ100 (SaM146):


AEROFLOT RUSSIAN AIRLINES (ARO): 18 +12/30 ORDERS SSJ100 (95008, 2011-06 "MIKHAIL VODOPYANOV;" 95010, 2011-08; 95014, RA-89006 "EVGENY BARABASH"), (VEB) LEASING LEASED, 12C; 75Y:

ARMAVIA (ARZ): 1 +1/2 ORDERS SSJ100 (SaM146) (95007, EK-95015), 1ST DELIVERY TO ARMAVIA (ARZ) 2011-04. 1ST JET HAS BEEN RETURNED. 94Y.







GAZPROMAVIA (GZP): 10 SSJ100-LR (SaM146) (2013-08).




IRAERO AIRLINES: 4 SSJ100-95LR OPERATED (95119, RA-89075; 95121, RA-89076; 95124, RA-89077) 2017-04. +4 TO BE LEASED FROM STATE TRANSPORT LEASING COMPANY (STLC) IN (1Q) 2017.












SKY AVIATION (INDONESIA) (SKI): 3 +9 ORDERS SSJ100-95B (SaM146) (95022, /13 PK-PCL, 2013-01; 95027; 95031, 2013-12), 12C, 75Y (1ST 3); 8C, 90Y. LATER: SKY AVIATION (SKI)'s business failed - - SSJ100s were withdrawn.










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Bobryshev was previously General Director of Russia´s Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC); earlier, he had been a President of the Tupolev company.

From 2005 to 2010, Matsenov supervised the Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) (SSJ) Strategic Development. At (UAC), Matsenov is expected to develop Civil Aviation Programs Management, and will coordinate international cooperation and new technologies implementation.


Nazario was formerly Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of Alenia Aeronautica (2012-02).

Marazzani joined SuperJet International in 2009. In 2014 he was appointed Senior VP, Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) Customer Services. Prior to that, in 2006, he was appointed as head of “(EASA) Part 145 Approved Maintenance Organization” for Alitalia (ALI) and in 2007 as “Aircraft and Engine Base Maintenance Manager” of (EASA) Part 145 Approved Maintenance Organization.

SuperJet International is a joint venture of Venice-based Sukhoi Holding and Leonardo-Finmeccanica, which was established to sell the SSJ100.

Stewart started his career in 1985 with British Aerospace. His experience has included manufacturing, Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO), customer support and (most recently) aircraft sales and asset management. He has worked for (BAE) Systems for >10 years and in 2010 founded the Cordner Aviation Group, specializing in aircraft trading and marketing consultancy services. During his career, he has also held various overseas positions in Latin America, the USA, China and Europe. In October 2012, he joined Russia’s Ilyushin Finance Company (IFC) as Sales & Marketing Director.




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