Avialeasing Company acquires 24 Sukhoi Superjet 100s
June 16, 2009, Paris – Today as part of the International Paris Air Show, the Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company and the Investment Financial Company Avialeasing announced the signature of the contract for the delivery of 24 Sukhoi Superjet 100/95B aircraft. The contract, fixing agreements reached last year at Farnborough, is valued at 715 mln. USD in catalogue prices.
Under the Contract signed by Victor Soubbotin, President of Sukhoi Civil Aircraft, and Victor Novikov, Vice-president of Avialeasing, SSJ100s will be delivered through 2011-2013.
“An aspiration to become more efficient in times of crisis is not a managerial whim. Instead, it is a passport to Company’s sustainability in the market today and growth in the future – when the economic recovery will start gaining momentum. Our aircraft is now running a vigorous certification campaign, and the results obtained so far give us confidence in the fact that Sukhoi Superjet 100 will become an essential tool for efficiency boost and a long-term liquid asset for a leasing company”, said Victor Soubbotin during the signing ceremony.
“I believe that despite the crisis fleet renewals are a must for air carriers. We expect that by 2011-2013 – the time when we start receiving Sukhoi Superjet 100s - the air transportation market will begin to stabilize. Sukhoi Superjet 100 in our view is the only viable competitor to the Western products at the domestic market. That’s why Avialeasing binds its future with the upgrading of Russian airlines’ fleet with the new Sukhoi Superjet 100 regional aircraft”, said Victor Novikov.
Currently the firm order portfolio for the Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft totals 122 units.
About Sukhoi Civil Aircraft
Among the Company’s shareholders are the Sukhoi Holding owing 75% - 1 share and the Italian Alenia Aeronautica holding 25% + 1 share since April 7, 2009. Sukhoi Civil Aircraft was founded in 2000 to develop new regional aircraft projects. Headquartered in Moscow, the Company enjoys several production branches seated in the cities of Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Novosibirsk and Voronezh. Today the company employs over 2,000 people.
Sukhoi Superjet 100 – a new family of regional jets – is the Company’s major project. The aircraft was rolled out on September 26, 2007 in Komsomolsk-on-Amur. On May 19, 2008, the first Sukhoi Superjet 100 performed its maiden flight there. On October 24, 2008, after successful completion of factory flight tests, the aircraft emerged into certification flight campaign. The second flying prototype took to the skies on December 24, 2008. Currently, the solid order portfolio for the new regional jet reaches 122 aircraft.