All SSJ100 in "Light" Specification to be Replaced by "Full" in the First Half of 2014
To date, the airline has already obtained six SSJ100 aircraft in "full" specification. In accordance with the contract, Aeroflot gives back to Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) the aircraft in "light" specification previously operated by the airline. This aircraft is being delivered to other airlines which expressed their interest in acquiring of SSJ100 aircraft took out of Aeroflot service.
On 29 and 30 January 2014 the fifth and sixth Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft in "full" specification took off from Zhukovsky Airfield where the SCAC Delivery Center is located to the Sheremetyevo International Airport - the base airport of Aeroflot. The aircraft was given RA-89023 (manufacturer No 95041) and RA-89032 (manufacturer No 95043) tail numbers.
Earlier, on December 31, 2013 Aeroflot received fourth SSJ100 aircraft with tail number RA-89022 (manufacturer No 95039) in its enhanced configuration. The aircraft was put into commercial operations in the beginning of January this year.
At the moment the number of flight hours since the entry into service in Aeroflot, the largest operator of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft, has totaled more than 27,000 for more than 18,000 commercial flights.
The airline operates flights by the Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft on routes to destinations in Russia, Germany, Sweden, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Ukraine and Belarus. SSJ100 is being delivered to the airline in 87 seat-configuration and can cover a distance of up to 3048 km.
About replacement of SSJ100 "Light" to "Full"
In 2005, JSC "Aeroflot" and JSC "Sukhoi Civil Aircraft" (SCAC) signed a contract for delivery of 30 Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft in standard specification - single class arrangement for 98 passenger seats. Later, the airline decided to improve the aircraft specifications including the arrangement, passenger cabin equipment, and avionics.
Some changes requested by Aeroflot required further aircraft modifications. In order to avoid delivery delays, the parties agreed that the first 10 SSJ100 would be delivered to Aeroflot in "light" specification and later replaced by aircraft in "full" contract specification ("full").
Full and light specifications differ in several respects. The full specification aircraft includes an upgraded Flight Management System (FMS) and a weather radar equipped with a wind direction detection function. Further, the full specification features additional video control cameras, separate lighting controls for both economy and business class and an additional working position for a flight attendant at the wall of option galley at the back of the aircraft. Individual gaspers over each passenger seat were also installed, thus improving passenger comfort. The full aircraft is equipped with three lavatories with diaper boards, and each three-seat-block in the cabin has an additional oxygen mask. Instead of three galleys, the aircraft contains four, one of which is equipped with two ovens. There is additional space to fit a flight baby cot.
Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100):
The SSJ100 is a 100 seat regional jet designed, developed and built by Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC), in partnership with Alenia Aermacchi, a Finmeccanica Company. 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. All models of the Sukhoi Superjet family are equipped with the same engine, two SaM 146 turbofans produced by PowerJet, a joint venture between Snecma and Saturn.Today the SSJ100 is certified by multiple National Aviation Authorities: European EASA, Russian IAC AR and Mexican, Laos and Indonesian Civil Aviation Authorities. In 2011 the first production SSJ100 entered into service.
Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (CJSC)
The Company's shareholders are Sukhoi Holding (a UAC Company) (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 and is in charge of the aircraft development and production. The company is also responsible for SSJ100 marketing, sales in Russia, the CIS, China, India, Middle East and Southeast Asia. Headquartered in Moscow, Sukhoi Civil Aircraft has several production branches seated in Russian cities of Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Novosibirsk and Voronezh. Sukhoi Superjet 100 is the main project of the Company.
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