The Rostec state corporation plans to deliver up to 60 Sukhoi Superjet 100 planes to Red Wings over the next few years, which the state corporation controls through the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), Vedomosti reported.
The information is based on three sources, all of whom are anonymous.
The UAC has 60 SSJ100s in total and there’s no buyers for them, the sources claimed.
An unclaimed park of this size has long been a problem, but now its solution has been found.
The supply program has already been developed, and on May 13rd at a meeting to support the aviation industry, in which UAC Director General Yuri Slyusar and Rostec CEO Sergey Chemezov participated, it was introduced to President Vladimir Putin, two sources in the corporation and a federal official told the outlet.
This measure, as well as subsidies to reduce the cost of the flight hours of Russian aircraft will allow the release of 59 airliners in two years, Putin said, according to the sources.
The leasing subsidy mechanism itself, according to him, needs to be made simpler and more efficient for airlines and aircraft manufacturers, in particular, “link the receipt of subsidies to the purchase of a specific board.”
These airliners are already several years old: they were built for airlines, which eventually refused to pick them up. In particular, the Mexican Interjet took only 22 aircraft out of 30 ordered, and the Irish Cityjet ordered 15 with an option for another 16, and took only seven, the sources noted, adding that there were other customers who refused the airliners.
Red Wings Airlines has been operating five Sukhoi Superjet 100 planes leased directly from Sukhoi Civil Aircraft JSC (GSS) in 2015-2016, however, due to financial problems, it was returned to its manufacturer-lessor. At the same time, Red Wings then showed one of the highest numbers of flights with this kind of aircraft.
The Sukhoi Superjet 100 is a regional jet designed by Russian aircraft company Sukhoi, a division of the United Aircraft Corporation. With development starting in 2000, it made its maiden flight on 19 May 2008 and its first commercial flight on April 21st 2011 with Armavia.
The five-abreast cross-section is more optimised beyond 70 seats than the four-abreast Bombardier CRJs and Embraer E-Jets but smaller than the six-abreast Airbus A320 and Boeing 737.
The SSJ100 typically seats 87 to 98 passengers. In Russia, it replaces the aging Tupolev Tu-134 and Yakovlev Yak-42 aircraft.
It competes with the Antonov An-148, Embraer E190 and the Bombardier CRJ1000. It aims for lower operating costs than its competitors for the price of $23–25 million.
Sukhoi claims 6–8% lower cost per passenger and cost per flight than the Embraer 190 and fuel burn is on a par with the Antonov An-148 but with 22 more passengers.
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