Sukhoi Co.’s SuperJet 100 won an order for five aircraft from Mexican discount carrier Interjet, two months after the project was rocked by a fatal crash in Indonesia involving a plane on a promotional tour.
Interjet converted its last remaining options on the model, giving it 20 firm orders worth $700 million at list price, Chairman Miguel Aleman Velasco said at the Farnborough air show near London. The carrier, a unit of ABC Aerolineas SA, plans to take another 10 aircraft, subject to negotiations, he said.
The Superjet, a 100-seat plane that’s been flying commercially since 2011, is the centerpiece of Russia’s attempt to revive a manufacturing industry that has languished since communism collapsed in 1991. One of its planes crashed in Indonesia during a promotion flight, killing all 45 aboard. The company said the crash hasn’t affected the program commercially.
“Unfortunately, the tragedy was severe,” Vladimir S. Prisyazhnyuk, president of Sukhoi Civil Aircraft, said at a briefing. “In terms of impact on the program, I’d say that not one of them has refused or canceled agreements. They’re still working with us.”
The company continues to pursue new business in Indonesia, “a market which is quite important to us,” he said.
Prisyazhnyuk declined to give an update on the investigation by Indonesian and Russian authorities into the causes of the accident, which involved the plane crashing into a mountain. Both the cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder were recovered and Prisyazhnyuk said he expected the full report on the crash to come by late July or early August.
Superjet International is a joint venture between Russia’s Sukhoi and Alenia Aermacchi, a unit of Italy’s Finmeccanica SpA. (FNC)
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