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Armavia No Longer Operating Its Only SSJ100?

Tue Aug 07, 2012 2:42 pm

Flightblogger reports that Armavia is no longer flying its only delivered SSJ100 jet and is not willing to take over their next airframe:

Links:
http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/flightblogger/
http://rt.com/business/news/sukhoi-s...mavia-refuses-to-buy-aircraft-961/

I didn't know that Armavia is operating just a single aiframe of this new airplane. Does anybody know more?
It raises the question if such a relative small airline should become the launch customer of an entire new airplane....


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RE: Armavia No Longer Operating Its Only SSJ100?

Tue Aug 07, 2012 2:48 pm

I think it was mentioned on here that they were experiencing financial difficulties. Could it be related to that?
 
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RE: Armavia No Longer Operating Its Only SSJ100?

Tue Aug 07, 2012 2:58 pm

Armavia seems to have had financial issues for a while. An A319 was repossessed at some point recently and in the last year two other Airbus A319s as well as two A320s have been returned to the lessors.

From a financial point of view it doesn't make sense to operate only one of an aircraft type (they only intended to operate a maximum of two anyway) for an extended period of time - particularly an aircraft type that hasn't been 'proven' as such.

This recent thread discussed Armavia not taking up the second Sukhoi Superjet it had on order:
Armavia Cancels Second SSJ Order (by thenoflyzone Jul 10 2012 in Civil Aviation)?threadid=5510030&searchid=5519031&s=armavia#ID5519031
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RE: Armavia No Longer Operating Its Only SSJ100?

Tue Aug 07, 2012 3:10 pm

hi

Very odd, I would've thought they had more than one after a year, considering Aeroflot have a few I believe.

I am guessing this is related to the crash in Indonesia?

They haven't sold at all many since the beginning and even fewer have been delivered to customers. I really like the plane and I hope it manages to find success but I think this will be a not to successful plane and will be in limited use.  

(Just my thoughts)

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RE: Armavia No Longer Operating Its Only SSJ100?

Tue Aug 07, 2012 3:17 pm

Quoting Dublinspotter (Reply 3):
I am guessing this is related to the crash in Indonesia?

As per the article, no. It's rather about the reliability of the Sukhoi, quote from the article linked above:

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The plane is not bad, but not perfect. Airbuses and Boeings fly 330-350 hours per month, while the Sukhoi spent only 150 hours flying, " RBC daily quotes a source close to Armavia. “The last straw was it spent four days clearing customs in Russia to have a two-day service.
 
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RE: Armavia No Longer Operating Its Only SSJ100?

Tue Aug 07, 2012 3:18 pm

 
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RE: Armavia No Longer Operating Its Only SSJ100?

Tue Aug 07, 2012 3:44 pm

Armavia's website seems to support the fact that the SSJ is no longer flying with them.

http://www.u8.am/index/view/id/4/lang/en

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 !

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RE: Armavia No Longer Operating Its Only SSJ100?

Wed Aug 08, 2012 11:36 am

As posted here and elsewhere, this has more to do with financial troubles than aircraft performance. In any case it makes little sense to operate just 2 aircraft of one type, those leased 735's are probably a better fit for an airline like U8 than A32x and SSJ.

Quoting N14AZ (Reply 4):
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The plane is not bad, but not perfect. Airbuses and Boeings fly 330-350 hours per month, while the Sukhoi spent only 150 hours flying, " RBC daily quotes a source close to Armavia. .

SU flies them around 240 hours per month, so this seems more an Armavia issue.
 
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RE: Armavia No Longer Operating Its Only SSJ100?

Wed Aug 08, 2012 12:16 pm

This is Armavia blowing hot air, it's not the aircraft which has difficulties, it's the airline.

I actually wonder if they'll try and order more SSJs as a result of this. Might sound odd on the face of it, but Rossiya pulled a similar stunt before ordering more An-148s, although their financial position was better than Armavia's.


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RE: Armavia No Longer Operating Its Only SSJ100?

Thu Aug 09, 2012 2:19 pm

Well it seems that the airline is now blaming it on substandard quality:

http://www.eturbonews.com/30528/arma...-superjet-100-due-substandard-qual
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