The first batch-produced airliner Sukhoi Superjet 100 makes premiere flight

04.11.2010

The first batch-produced airliner Sukhoi Superjet 100 (board number SN 95007) has made a three-hour-long premiere flight, announced an official at the Sukhoi Civil Airliners Company (known for its Russian acronym GSS) -- the developer of the airliner.

The plane is intended for the Armavia Company. The airliner was flown by GSS test pilots Alexander Ivanov and Alexander Kochetkov. During the flight, the crew checked the serviceability of the airliner systems, equipment, and the engine; the flying characteristics of the airliner in the operation range were reaffirmed.

Soon the airliner is to fly to Moscow where, in accordance with aviation rules, the check-up of its performance on standard air routes will be continued. In the process the servicing of the airliner at airports will be arranged in full conformity with the batch-production operations-and-maintenance documentation.

GSS president Vladimir Prisyazhnyuk said, "The premiere flight of the first batch-produced airliner Sukhoi Superjet 100 is an important landmark in the implementation of the programme; a beginning has been set for a batch production of the airliners". Seventeen batch-produced airliners are currently in the manufacturing stage and five of them are at the final assembly workshop.

The first 40-minute test flight of the Superjet airliner was made in May 2008. As of now four experimental prototype airplanes made 948 test flights, logging an aggregate of 2,245 hours of flying time.

The Sukhoi Superjet 100 is to replace the currently operating airliners of the Tu-134 type. Batch deliveries of the airliner to customers are to begin towards the end of the current year. The GSS order book now comprises 161 firm orders for this airliner.

More... ITAR-TASS

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