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Aeroflot puts its fifth Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft in operation

(PresseBox) (Moscow, ) Aeroflot Russian Airlines puts its fifth Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft (SSJ100) in operation. The first revenue flight of the airliner, named after the famous Aeroflot pilot Dmitry Barilov, will be performed soon.

The Sukhoi Superjet 100 MSN 95015 (registered number RA-89007) was delivered to Aeroflot under contract with the VEB-Leasing JSC on financial lease (leasing). The delivered aircraft is designed to carry 87 passengers in a comfortable two-class layout (12 - business class and 75 - in economy class).

Aeroflot ordered 30 SSJ100 aircraft in total.

"We are very pleased that our SSJ100 aircraft is becoming an important part of the Aeroflot's fleet. We will do our best to make sure that the SSJ100 continues to meet the expectations of the airline", noted Vladimir Prisyazhnyuk, President of Sukhoi Civil Aircraft.

Aeroflot currently operates five SSJ100 aircraft serving routes from Moscow to ten Russian cities as well as to Minsk, Budapest and Oslo. Aeroflot operations confirm that the aircraft perfectly match their requirements in terms of high frequency departures on regional routes.

Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) is a 100 seat regional jet designed, developed and built by Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC), in partnership with Alenia Aermacchi. On May 19th 2008 SSJ100 successfully accomplished its first flight. The Sukhoi Superjet 100 cruises at a Maximum Operating Speed of Mach 0.81 and 40,000 feet. It takes off from a 1,731 meters runway in the basic range and 2,052 meters in the long range. The operating range for the basic version is 3,048 km and 4,578 km for the long range version. In February 2011, the SSJ100 obtained the Type Certificate by the Russian Certification Authority IAC AR. On April 19th 2011 first production SSJ100 was delivered to Armavia airlines (Armenia). There are currently six SSJ100s in service with Armavia and Aeroflot. By January 26, 2012 these aircraft accumulated some 3,900 flight hours in more than 2,020 revenue flights.

Aeroflot Russian Airlines

Aeroflot, the leader of Russia's air fleet, is a member of SkyTeam, the global airline alliance. Aeroflot's overall flight network comprises 898 locations in 169 countries. In 2010, 11.3 mln passengers used Aeroflot's services and 14.07 mln used the services offered by the Aeroflot group.

Aeroflot enters the top three of the world's most dynamically developing airlines according to SkyTrax. The 2011 SkyTrax World Airline Awards named AEROFLOT the "best airline in Eastern Europe".

Aeroflot belongs to 25 leading airlines of the world according to Air Transport World journal, based on the results of its financial and economic activities in 2009 ("operating profit" and "profit margin" categories).

Aeroflot was the first Russian carrier to be included in the IOSA operator registry and it continues to confirm the certificate in a regular way. The airline has successfully passed the Safety audit for ground operations (ISAGO). Aeroflot is a holder of the unified certificate of compliance with the requirements of ISO 9001:2008.

Aeroflot operates one of the youngest air fleets in Europe that consists of 114 aircraft. Aeroflot's hub is Sheremetyevo international airport in Moscow. For more details please visit www.aeroflot.ru.

VEB-Leasing JSC

The main shareholder - the State Corporation «The Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs (Vnesheconombank)». The priority areas of specialization include: leasing of rolling stock, leasing of aircraft and units, leasing of marine and river vessels, leased cars and special equipment as well as the leasing of high technology equipment.

About Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (CJSC)

The Company's shareholders are the Sukhoi Holding owing 75% - 1 share and the Italian Alenia Aermacchi, a Finmeccanica Company, holding 25% + 1 share since April 7, 2009. Sukhoi Civil Aircraft was founded in 2000 to develop new regional aircraft projects. Headquartered in Moscow, the Company enjoys several production branches seated in the cities of Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Novosibirsk and Voronezh. Today the company employs over 2,000 people.

Sukhoi Superjet 100 - a new family of regional jets - is the Company's major project.

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