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Superjet 100 / Russian Regional Jet - RRJ - Produciton

Sukhoi planned to manufacture at least 700 Superjet-100s, and intended to sell 35% of them to North America, 25% to Europe, 10% to Latin America, and 7% to Russia and China. By mid-2008 the had so far secured at least 100 firm orders for the aircraft. The list price of the 95-seat base model was $28 million, but the company is working on both smaller and larger capacity modifications. The market for the Superjet-100 is estimated at around $100 billion for around 5,500 planes up to 2023.

First commercial Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) SN 95007 designed for Armenian Armavia airlines made its maiden flight, Sukhoi Civil Aircraft company said 04 November 2010. "During the flight, a crew carried out functional test of aircraft systems and equipment, engine, confirmed flight characteristics of the aircraft in an operational range," the company said adding that the aircraft is expected to arrive in Moscow soon, where in accordance with aviation regulations, its performance on typical routes will be tested.

Armenias Armavia was the first airline to start commercial operations with the SSJ-100 in April 2011. Russian government officials were flown to the St Petersburg Economic Forum on 16 June 2011 in Aeroflot's brand new Sukhoi SuperJet 100 aircraft plane. Deputy Prime Minsiter Sergei Ivanov, Economic Development Minister Elvira Nabiullina, Deputy Transport Minister Valery Okulov, as well as Aeroflot and Sukhoi top management, became the first passengers to fly in Russia's newest aircraft.

The SSJ-100 had a series of accidents. The biggest one was in May 2012, when an SSJ-100 crashed into a mountain south of Jakarta while performing a demonstration flight in Indonesia with 45 people aboard. No one survived the crash.

Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Co., the UTair airline and VEB Leasing signed a contract on 27 August 2012 for the delivery of six Sukhoi Superjet-100LR planes worth $217.2 million. Deliveries of the 103-seat planes would start in 2014. The three companies previously signed a preliminary agreement for the delivery of 24 Superjets as the first stage of the implementation of a leasing agreement signed prior to that. UTair is planning to operate the planes both on domestic flights (western Siberia and European Russia) and on flights to Europe.

In February 2013, Sukhoi agreed to pay Aeroflot compensation for lost flying time, after some of Aeroflot's Superjets suffered a series of maintenance problems. Sukhoi said problems had been detected with false readings in the aircraft's pressurisation warning system, failure of the wing slats to deploy and undercarriage retraction problems.

In practice, one could only talk about small-scale production of Sukhoi SuperJet-100. In 2012, 12 aircraft were assembled. But according to many experts, this type of aircraft is not competitive. This was confirmed by the former Deputy Minister of Civil Aviation of the USSR, Honored Pilot of the USSR, president of "Partner of Civil Aviation" Oleg Smirnov.

"What did Pogosyan tell the President, and the President in turn told his colleagues from other countries? That the weight of the plane was such and such, the range and fuel consumption were such and such. When he showed the plane to Berlusconi and conveyed to him the data provided by Pogosyan, in a short time the Italians refused to buy the "Superjet" they've ordered earlier. Because all the numbers were a hoax. The aircraft was three tons heavier, the fuel consumption was higher, the payload lower, and so on. The aircraft is not competitive. I am surprised that the President has such people as his employees. This is alarming. When the President is deceived, the liars must be kicked out of his circle," Smirnov said.

Approximately $2.5-3 billion was allocated to the project SSJ-100 directly from the Russian budget. Initially, it was positioned as an off-budget commercial project. The money was spent on the aircraft half of which is imported. This was done at the expense of Russian development.

Russian aircraft maker Sukhoi Civil Aircraft delivered its first full-specification Sukhoi Superjet-100 (SSJ-100) short-haul airliner to national flagship airline Aeroflot 31 May 2013. Aeroflot is the largest customer for the Superjet with a total order for 30 airliners. The first ten aircraft which were delivered to Aeroflot were of an interim specification, and will be replaced with the full-version aircraft in 2013-2014. Sukhoi announced in early April it would buy back the first ten SSJ-100 aircraft from Aeroflot for approximately $19 million each. The aircraft maker said it already found several Russian and foreign companies interested in buying the interim specification aircraft previously owned by Aeroflot.

Russias Sukhoi aircraft maker said 17 January 2014 that it was planning to start series production of a stretched version of its Superjet 100 passenger aircraft in 2016. The plane, dubbed Superjet Stretch, will seat 115 passengers, while the baseline Superjet 100 has up to 110 seats. The model is seen as an interim solution in the development of the Superjet family until the 130-passenger capacity Superjet NG is developed by 2020. We are working on a schematic design of the plane at present, said Andrei Kalinovsky, head of Sukhoi Civil Aircraft. Kalinovsky said the companys long-term business goal of building 830 planes of the Superjet family could be achieved only through introduction of improved versions of the aircraft to be positioned in various segments of the market.

Russia was planning to invest some 4.8 billion rubles ($143 million) over the next five years in additional research and development on its Superjet 100 passenger twinjet. The Superjet 100 is a short-medium haul passenger aircraft developed by Sukhoi in cooperation with US and European aviation corporations, including Boeing, Snecma, Thales, Messier Dowty, Liebherr Aerospace and Honeywell. By 2014 Sukhoi had received over 200 orders for Superjet 100 airliners so far. The aircraft carried out its first commercial flight in April 2011 and has shown an overall good performance. However, a number of design and technical problems have been revealed during its subsequent commercial operation by Russias flagship carrier Aeroflot and Armenias Armavia.

The catalog price for SSJ-100 is about $35.4 million in its "Basic" version and $36.2 million in the "Long Range" version. Regional carriers are not willing either financially or technically or economically to take the SSJ-100; given the average load, 70-seat aircraft are needed on regional flights, while the SSJ-100 has 98 seats. As a result, only the offer of SSJ-100 for lease to operators at ruble rates can significantly increase interest in the aircraft.

Russias civil aviation industry, whose main project is the regional aircraft Sukhoi Superjet-100 (SSJ-100), is to receive record state support, with the government promising anti-crisis funding of more than 127 billion rubles ($2.5 billion). According to observers, the financing will help to support production of the Superjet and demand for the plane from airlines.

The Russian government unveiled a financial aid package to support its civil aviation industry as the economic crisis continued to bite, with the manufacturer of Russias first civil aircraft since the fall of the USSR set to receive a record-breaking tranche of state funding. Deputy Industry and Trade Minister Andrei Boginsky announced on 24 April 2015 that the government is to allocate 27 billion rubles ($524 million) from the budget to support Russian aircraft leasing companies, along with a 100 billion ruble ($1.9 billion) recapitalization of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), assigned to the Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC), manufacturer of the SSJ-100, also known as the Superjet 100.

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