Russia's Superjet seals 12-jet Indonesia sale

16th August 2011, Comments 0 comments

Indonesian regional carrier PT Sky Aviation has agreed to buy 12 Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft, the first civilian jet developed in Russia since the Soviet era, the plane's maker said on Tuesday.

The order is worth $379.2 million at list prices, Sukhoi said, and comes on the heels of a 12-jet sale to Italy's Blue Panorama Airlines and a 15-plane deal with Mexico's Interjet.

Sukhoi said deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2012.

The first Sukhoi Superjet 100 went into operation with Russian flag carrier Aeroflot in June, although it spent several weeks grounded upon delivery because of an air conditioning system malfunction.

Under development since 2000, the Superjet has been presented as the great hope of Russia's civil aviation industry, which has struggled to assert itself in post-Soviet times.

It can carry up to 100 people and is a direct rival of Brazil's Embraer and Canada's Bombardier.

The deal was announced at the MAKS international airshow outside Moscow where Russia's Transaero airline earlier signed a deal with Airbus to buy up to 12 of its upgraded, more fuel-efficient A320neo jets.

© 2011 AFP

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