MOSCOW, April 23 (Itar-Tass) — The Sukhoi Superjet-100 planes have performed more than 3,350 flights during the first year of their commercial exploitation.
The Sukhoi Civil Aircraft company, the designer and producer of the plane, said in a release that the Armenian airline Armavia has begun commercial operation of the first Sukhoi Superjet-100 plane on April 21, 2011 when it performed a flight from Yerevan to Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport. Armavia used the Airbus A319 on its Yerevan to Moscow (SVO) route, but is now switching to Superjet-100. President of United Aircraft Corporation and Director General of Sukhoi Mikhail Pogosyan hailed the event as a key milestone for the Superjet-100 project, saying that it opened “a new stage of the program — the beginning of commercial operation and full-scale serial production.”
Over the year of exploitation of the Superjet of Armavia performed more than 760 commercial flights with the total duration of more than 1,870 flight hours. The first passenger Sukhoi Superjet-100 plane during the first year of operation carried a total of more than 48,000 passengers and covered a distance of more than 1.4 million kilometres. The flights were carried out from Yerevan to 34 airports of Russia, Ukraine, Western and South Europe and the Middle East, including in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Madrid, Paris, Rome, Venice, Amsterdam, Athens and Dubai.
Most of the flights were performed at the altitude from 10.67 to 11.89 kilometres at a speed of 0.78 - 0.8 M. The plane’s maximum daily flight time reached 16.5 flight hours, the maximum flight range of the route Yerevan - Madrid exceeding 4,000 kilometres. The best indicators of its exploitation per month were 88 flights and 224 flight hours in November 2011 and 91 flights and 213 flight hours in February 2012.
At present, eight Sukhoi Superjet-100 planes are in commercial operation of two airlines - Armavia and Aeroflot - Russian Airlines. As of mid-April 2012, they performed more than 3,350 commercial flights totalling about 6,500 flight hours.
Sukhoi SuperJet-100 is a 100-seat regional plane designed and manufactured by Sukhoi Civil Aircraft with the participation of Alenia Aermacchi.
The flight distance for the baseline version of the aircraft is 3,048 kilometres, and for the extended range version - 4,578 kilometres.
There are currently about 170 orders placed for the Sukhoi SuperJet-100 plane.