Serial airliner Sukhoi Superjet 100 made its first commercial flight from Yerevan to Moscow. The aircraft "Yuri Gagarin" with 90 passengers on board landed safely at the airport "Sheremetyevo" at 4:45 am, said the agency "Interfax".
At the end of 2010 it was reported that the Superjet will be given to Armenia in February, but the air carrier "Armavia" has received only plane on Tuesday, April 12. Then the airport "Sheremetyevo" received permission Rosaviation for reception and service of aircraft type SSJ-100 and its modifications.
"Armavia" will use the model of SSJ-100 (in the near future carrier to another aircraft of this model) for flights to Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi and Ukraine.
After the "Armavia" aircraft will receive the largest Russian airline "Aeroflot". Flights to SSJ-100 are planned in "Aeroflot" from the middle of May. Earlier in the "Interfax" reported that the first flight of "Aeroflot" for SSJ-100 will take place May 15, 2011 from Moscow to Nizhny Novgorod.
SuperJet 100 airliners are already in possession of "Aeroflot". However, the carrier’s claims against the new models, "Aeroflot" requires the manufacturer to pay a fine for breach of performance. According to the newspaper "Vedomosti", criticism has caused air carrier aircraft weight by 3.5 tons higher than normal. In addition, the ship spends 11 percent more fuel than is specified in the contract. Loss of "Aeroflot" because of the shortcomings of new ships can be up to 150 million dollars over 10 years, "Vedomosti". "Kommersant" estimates that $ 100 million.
Sukhoi Superjet 100 airliners are manufactured at a plant in Komsomolsk-on-Amur, the company "Sukhoi Civil Aircraft" (SCAC). The latest development of the Russian aircraft was carried out jointly with the American Boeing and Italy’s Finmeccanica. The design of the aircraft is used to import two thirds parts.
Short-haul aircraft Superjet designed for short distances — up to 4550 kilometers. Their main advantage is the low fuel consumption and high comfort compared with other liners of the same type. SSJ is available in two basic trim levels — on 75 and 95 passengers.