Mexico's Interjet signs up for 15 Superjet 100: Finmeccanica

17th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

Mexico's Interjet airline signed a contract on Monday for 15 long-range Superjets built by Russia's Sukhoi and Italy's Alenia Aeronautica, Alenia's parent company Finmeccanica said.

The contract for the 15 Superjet 100 aircrafts, along with an option for five others, is worth $650 million (487 million euros), Finmeccanica said in a statement.

Superjet International said it would provide after-sales assistance for the new Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft fleet for 10 years, Finmeccanica added.

The delivery of the jets is scheduled for the second half of 2012.

The jet, which has 98 seats, was developed to compete with Brazil's Embraer and Canada's Bombardier on the regional air transportation market.

The aircraft is considered a great hope for Russian aviation, which has been in decline since the fall of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s.

Alenia owns 25 percent plus one share of Sukhoi Civil Aircraft, the Sukhoi unit developing the jet, as well as 51 percent of Superjet Internantional, which is handling sales of the aircraft.

The remainder of Superjet International is controlled by Sukhoi.

© 2011 AFP

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