MOSCOW, May 31 (RIA Novosti) - Russian aircraft maker Sukhoi Civil Aircraft has delivered its first “full-specification” Sukhoi Superjet-100 (SSJ-100) short-haul airliner to national flagship airline Aeroflot, Sukhoi on Friday.
Aeroflot is the largest customer for the Superjet with a total order for 30 airliners. The first ten aircraft which were delivered to Aeroflot were of an interim specification, and will be replaced with the “full-version” aircraft in 2013-2014.
Sukhoi announced in early April it would buy back the first ten SSJ-100 aircraft from Aeroflot for approximately $19 million each.
The aircraft maker said it already found several Russian and foreign companies interested in buying the interim specification aircraft previously owned by Aeroflot.
“CJSC Sukhoi Civil Aircraft plans to sign a contract to deliver a number of such aircraft to its new owners this year,” the company said in a statement.
In February, Sukhoi agreed to pay Aeroflot compensation for lost flying time, after some of Aeroflot's Superjets suffered a series of maintenance problems. Sukhoi said problems had been detected with false readings in the aircraft's pressurisation warning system, failure of the wing slats to deploy and undercarriage retraction problems.
The Superjet 100 is a medium-haul passenger aircraft developed by Sukhoi in cooperation with US and European aerospace corporations, including Boeing, Honeywell, Liebherr Aerospace Messier Dowty, Snecma and Thales.
The aircraft is capable of carrying up to 100 passengers for up to 2,800 miles (4,500 km).