The Sukhoi Superjet 100 regional passenger jet (pictured) has made its African debut at AAD as part of a demonstration tour of the continent. JSC Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SCAC) is targeting Africa as part of its sales campaign for this 100- seat regional passenger jet. Seen on display in the static park is the Sukhoi Business Jet (SBJ) with a bespoke 19-seat corporate interior.
Seven of these aircraft have been delivered to customers since 2015.
SCAC is also developing a stretched Superjet with a 125- seat capacity that will be certified by 2019, while the SBJ will be certified with an increased range of 3200nm by the end of this year.
The manufacturer says it is well positioned to take advantage of the increase in demand for 100- to 120-seat jet airliners and offers a mature and economical solution to this market.
The manufacturer disclosed that it is in talks with a number of African carriers and sees the continent as an important market for its regional jet. The manufacturer is also in negotiations with a number of independent MROs in Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa to provide technical support to clients in these regions.
SCAC has secured a number of recent orders for the Superjet 100, including from Irish regional carrier CityJet, which took delivery of the first of a 31-aircraft order in May this year, and four from Iraero, formerly Red Wings Airlines of Russia. SCAC also revealed it is close to securing a follow-on order for Russian carrier Aeroflot for an additional 20 Superjets.
SCAC is also promoting its new Sukhoi Sports Jet, which is a unique concept aimed at the specific air transport requirements of major league sports teams. A mock-up of this jet was unveiled at the recent Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil. This 42-seat aircraft will be equipped with diagnostic equipment, training and planning space for the coach and their technical advisers, featuring multimedia sport analysis solutions. Each seat will have an integrated bioimpedance sensor, pulse oximeter, data recording and processing unit. The Sports Jet will provide sports teams with a safe, comfortable air transport solution that enables the management team to use the flying time productively.