Meanwhile, the company decided to develop a cargo and business version of the aircraft.
Quote: "We have decided to develop a cargo version of the plane, but we still do not have any specific orders from potential customers," the company's vice president Maxim Grishanin said, adding that the project could be implemented if the company had orders for at least 40 cargo aircraft.
Negotiations are going on with two Russian carriers about the purchase of 27 SSJ-100's, with 73 firm orders booked.
ENU From Netherlands, joined Nov 2006, 1166 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (5 years 2 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 13954 times:
The chief of the United Aircraft-Building Corporation (UAC), Alexei Fyodorov, has said that the Sukhoi-Superjet liner will make its maiden flight within weeks.
Quote: “The Superjet’s first flight will become a reality within a matter of weeks. It is my hope it will take off before May,” Fyodorov said. “This is going to be a pre-certification flight in Komsomolsk-on-Amur (at the Sukhoi plant). After several certification flights it would be possible to consider the Superjet’s official presentation date,” he said.
No journalists or officials will be invited to see the first flight...
The State Corporation "Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs" (Vnesheconombank, Russia), COFACE, a French export credit agency, and SACE, an Italian export credit agency signed a Joint statement on the establishment of an export credit financing scheme for the Sukhoi Superjet 100 international sales.
SCCutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 5103 posts, RR: 28 Reply 6, posted (5 years 2 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 13462 times:
Will this be the Russian jet that can break the western market on a large scale?
There is no reason why a properly-engineered and well-supported Russian federation jet should not be considered by mainstream carriers- the engineering part has really never been an issue, but support (and the simple perception of support) is and remains the challenge.
...three miles from BRONS, clear for the ILS one five approach...
Xtoler From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 942 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (5 years 2 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 13434 times:
No offense ya'll but you might either be a Russian or a Redneck if you can turn a plane into a pick up truck.Then again, we have a different market in the US for regional jets (unless you fly in Alaska). Did Sukhoi think of making the Superjet into a combi? That would make sense. Works good with DC9 US military varients.
EMB145 F/A, F/E, J41 F/A, F/E, because my wife clipped my wings, armchair captain
Lightsaber From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 10895 posts, RR: 100 Reply 9, posted (5 years 2 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 13423 times:
Quoting SCCutler (Reply 6): but support (and the simple perception of support) is and remains the challenge.
Its not the quality of the first build aircraft that is holding off western sales. Its the cost of keeping them flying for 14+ years. Bombardier and Embraer had to prove their support organizations before their sales became strong. If Sukhoi can have two or three years of stellar service, they'll win orders. If they do not have stellar service...
Then the C-series or MRJ has an open door and Sukhoi will wither. The same is true for any new entrant (e.g., the MRJ). However, Mitsubishi has a good reputation for supporting other large projects (e.g., ships), so they are not having to overcome a negative reputation.
ENU From Netherlands, joined Nov 2006, 1166 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 11701 times:
Date of first flight announced:
Quote: Speaking to Flight International at the Regional Airline Association convention in Indianapolis, Superjet International senior vice-president commercial Paolo Revelli Beaumont said the first flight should take place on 20 May "plus or minus a few days". This is at least six months later than originally planned.
Mrocktor From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1647 posts, RR: 50 Reply 18, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 11292 times:
Quoting EYKD (Reply 17): Some insiders on Russian aviation discussion boards report that SSJ made few runs along the runway early today.
Before flying, low and high speed taxi runs are necessary to validate landing gear stability and the brakes and steering systems' operation. High speed taxi runs can be as fast as the speed at touchdown during landing, they have been known to be mistaken by clueless reporters for failed takeoff attempts
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