Armavia's website seems to support the fact that the SSJ is no longer flying with them.
With any new type, operational problems are to be expected the first few years. Look at the A380. I guess Armavia doesn't have the financial leverage one would require to overcome these kinds of hurdles.
This also explains why they chose a tried and tested (and cheaper !) B735, having leased 3 from OK
with Czech flight crews, in order to service their destinations for the time being.
Suckhoi should have chosen a more financially stable company, such as SU
, as a launch customer, if for no other reason than to avoid the bad press this has created for them.
As for U8
, well, they gave it a shot in the big leagues and soon realised that it is above their pay grade !
us Air Traffic Controllers have a good record, we haven't left one up there yet !!