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Mishustin sees Sukhoi Superjet 100 assembly process in Komsomolsk-on-Amur

The Superjet 100 became the first civilian production aircraft created in Russia after the collapse of the USSR and the first Russian passenger airliner developed using digital technologies
Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin Dmitry Astakhov/POOL/TASS
Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin
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KOMSOMOLSK-ON-AMUR, July 28. / TASS /. During his working trip to Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin got acquainted with the assembly process of the Russian passenger liner Sukhoi Superjet 100 on Wednesday.

At the production site of the United Aircraft Building Corporation, Mishustin, in particular, examined the assembly shop for the manufacture of the detachable part of the aircraft wing, the final assembly shop, and the flight test station. During the inspection, he asked questions about the production. Mishustin also boarded the Superjet 100 aircraft, which is located at the flight test station, where he personally got acquainted with the work of the digital board for production management. He was informed that this decision of the so-called visual management would be replicated to all production sites.

"We looked at the shops, we looked at the assembly, new technologies. Of course, today all the technological solutions that have been implemented provide a completely different opportunity to build a whole fleet of these machines for use in Russia for all types of our airlines," Mishustin said after walking through the production site. He stressed the importance of these machines being "at a high level" in terms of quality and service. "I will say a very important thing: in the Soviet Union, we have machines of this class — in fact, the Yak-42 was about at this level, about 200 were produced, although this machine is widespread, and many people know it who lived in the USSR. Already today (in production), there is the 224th Superjet. That is, in terms of quantity, we have already surpassed even this well-known machine," Mishustin said.

The Superjet 100 is a short-haul narrow-body aircraft designed to fly over a distance of up to 5,000 km. It became the first civilian production aircraft created in Russia after the collapse of the USSR and the first Russian passenger airliner developed using digital technologies. The goal of the project is to occupy a niche of regional turbojet aircraft on the international market and replace the Yak-42, Tu-134, Tu-154 aircraft, which have already been discontinued, on the short-and medium-haul route. Superjet 100 is designed to carry up to 98 passengers over a distance of about 4,400 kilometers. The aircraft made its first flight in May 2008 and was put into commercial operation in 2011. Over the past two years, the Superjet 100 has opened over 200 routes between Russian cities. Currently, there are 155 jets like this in operation.

At the recent MAKS-2021 air show, contracts and agreements were signed for the supply of 58 new Superjet 100s. The aircraft is intended for the Rossiya, Azimut, Redwings, and Aurora airlines. In particular, the latter will receive 8 Superjet 100 and 19 Il-114-300 aircraft as part of increasing transport accessibility in the Far East.