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TOLUCA, Mexico, August 23 (Itar-Tass) - President of the Mexican airline Interjet has praised the technological characteristics of the new short-range airliner Sukhoi Superjet-100 and the opportunities for its international sales.
He said at a ceremony in the city of Toluca where the first of a batch of twenty jets purchased by the airline was presented that the Superjet had perfect reliability and airworthiness.
Miguel Aleman, the Interjet president, said the airline might consider the purchase of more jets in this family in the future, since their characteristics and market price made them highly attractive.
Whether or not Interjet buys the Superjets will depend on the market situation, he said. At this moment, the demand for Interjet services is on the rise and the company might consider an expansion of the contract with SuperJet International, which is co-owned by Alenia Aermacchi of Italy and the Sukhoi Holding Company of Russia.
In line with an agreement signed previously, Interjet is expected to get twenty SuperJets before the end of 2014. The document contains an option for a purchase of another ten jets.
The airline has received two jets to-date and they are now undergoing a 100 hr reliability testing that precedes the start of commercial operations. Interjet does not have any claims against their performance, members of a Russian team of technicians say.
The team is staying in Toluca at present to render technical assistance to local pilots.
Interjet is the first airline in Latin America that has purchased the Russian-Italian jets for its fleet.