|Quoting vio (Reply 9):|
Some of the comments here are beyond silly.
The topic here is the increase in order size after a sad accident.
In my country, the Alemán family (with all its wrongs and rights) have been in the tourism and media business for decades. The point is about the great business opportunity arising from an absolutely undesired tragedy. I bet they were totally aware of Superjet's (the company) situation and worked out a mutually beneficial agreement for both sides.
In their tourism-promoting and business building strategy, the SSJ100 must be an already very well studied and investigated investment.
On what the Americans think of it, I personally do not care at all as we most don't ever care about what our neighbors think. I state this as many firsts in US-México aviation history have been originated in the Mexican side. Mexicana was the first foreign (for the US) airline to offer international scheduled air service in the USA, and just like that I am sure that Interjet will be the first Mexican airline to regularly operate Russian aircraft over US air space.
I congratulate Interjet on taking advantage of a business opportunity that may have not only yielded more affordable and efficient aircraft but will put Interjet in an unbeatable position for future negotiations with Sukhoi, AerMacchi and Superjet, way above most other airlines.
In 1Q 2012, one out of every 10 cars bought by Americans was made in Mexico, I'm pretty sure they are as unaware of that as when they will get on a Mexican operated Sukhoi on their way to a Mexican beach spring break.
Back to topic, undoubtedly Interjet has all kind of intelligence and insurance in case an unexpected unfixable defect is found to be the cause of the unfortunate accident in Indonesia. My prayers are with all involved in the accident, Russian, Indonesian or otherwise as they all belong to the industry.
AeroMexico's Embraer fleet is the one that will face full frontal competition from this acquisition and that topic should be taken to the Mexican Aviation Thread.
During the Arab oil embargo, the US denied fuel service to Mexican airlines in the US, Mexican jet fuel was shipped by land and we were able to fly our planes back, Mexican avocados can now be sold in the US as can canned tuna delivered on Mexican trucks over US Interstates, why not fly Mexican Sukhois under FAA, NTSB, DOT & TSA
's authorization under NAFTA rules?
Congatulations again to Interjet even during a very painful time for all, specially for Superjet.
My other plane is an A380.