Sukhoi Superjet 100

Recently, Russian plane maker Superjet revealed at the Farnborough Air show that 30 orders have been made for the Superjet 100 passenger plane. The passenger plane has seen belated overseas interest and the orders costs around $900 million in total.

Since the fall of the Soviet Union, the much delayed Superjet 100 will be the first passenger plane built by Russia. It’s an attempt to challenge current market leaders Airbus and Boeing in the regional carrier sector. Superjet is controlled by Russia’s state-controlled Sukhoi and 25 percent owned by Italy’s Finmeccanica. It has reported 60 firm orders during the first three days of the Air show, taking the program’s total to 161. The latest was a $900 million deal with Bermuda-based lessor Pearl, with delivery of the 30 planes due next year.

At this year’s Farnborough Airshow, commercial plane orders have gained great demand as the industry emerges from a two year market lull caused by the global economic slowdown.

The mid-sized Superjet 100 first flew May 2008, but a series of project delays mean first deliveries will not be made until the end of this year. Early orders were predictably dominated by Russian state airline Aeroflot maybe because Prime Minister Vladimir Putin publicly urged Aeroflot chief executive Vitaly Savelyev to buy more locally made planes earlier this month. Aeroflot had ordered 30 planes while Hungary’s Malev has also ordered 30, but the multi-national make-up of the Farnborough buyers takes the firm out of Eastern Europe.

During the air show, 49 Superjet 100s have also been ordered including possible 24 orders from Thailand’s Orient Thai Airlines, although these are either optional deals or at the memorandum of understanding stage. In a separate deal, Gazpromavia Airlines said it had signed a letter of intent to buy 10 Superjet 100s. And Russia’s OAK also said its Irkut subsidiary had signed a deal to sell 50 MC-21 passenger planes to Malaysian firm Crecom.


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