Sukhoi Superjet 100 som  produseres i Russland skal fly i Europa neste år(Foto.Sukhoi.ru)

Sukhoi Superjet 100 som produseres i Russland skal fly i Europa neste år(Foto.Sukhoi.ru)

Belgian Operator will fly Sukhoi Superjet 100 .The Belgian operator VLM Airlines and Moscow-based aircraft lessor Ilyushin Finance Co. (IFC) have signed a Letter of Intent that will see the airline become the first European operator of the long-range Sukhoi Superjet 100LR (SSJ100 LR) regional aircraft. VLM Airlines and Ilyushin Finance Co are signing the Press Release. VLM Airlines has selected the SSJ100 LR to spearhead the company’s launch of regional scheduled services in 2015, with details of its route network to beannounced.

CEO Arthur White, CEO of VLM Airlines, says that while VLM Airlines will continue offering mACMI and charter services with our Fokker 50 fleet, we see an exciting opportunitynas a niche scheduled operator. The Sukhoi Superjet 100 LR fits our new strategy perfectly, with its exceptional efficiency and performance, advanced fly-by-wirentechnologies and spacious cabin.

The Best Experience

-We looked at a number of aircraft types in the 100-seat range to see which would give the best passenger experience, flexibility in short-to-medium range destinations and low operating costs – the SSJ100 LR won hands down. It has been great working with IFC and Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company and I am looking forward tona mutually profitable long-term relationship, White said.

Gives Europe Insight

CEO Alexander Rubtsov, of IFC, says to Nordic News that his is a significant deal for IFC and the SSJ100 programme, as it represents the russian aaircraft producers first customer in Europe, which IFS is delighted about. After intense competition and a detailed review, we are extremely pleased that VLM Airlines has chosen to base its future operation on the SSJ100 LR. We believe the aircraft will not only enable VLM Airlines to exceed its growth plans but will also give Europe a live insight into the excellent capabilities and passenger appeal of the SSJ100, which represents a truly cost-effective regional aircraft solution.

First Serial Passenger Plane

The SSJ100, Russia’s first serially manufactured passenger airliner, is a 103-seat regional jet designed and manufactured by Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company in partnership with Italian Alenia Aermacchi. The aircraft performed its maiden flight in 2008 and entered into service in 2011. The operating range of the long-range variant joining the VLM Airlines fleet is 2,470nm (4,578km), while the standard aircraft’s operating range is 1,645nm (3,048km). The SSJ100 is powered by two SaM146 turbofan engines manufactured by PowerJet, a joint venture between Snecma and NPO Saturn. There are currently over 40 SSJ100 aircraft being operated successfully around the world and the type is certified by a number of regulatory authorities including EASA.

CEO Arthur White in  Belgian VLM Airlines is the first to choose Russian passenger Planes to fly in Europe(Photo:VLM)

CEO Arthur White in Belgian VLM Airlines is the first to choose Russian passenger Planes to fly in Europe(Photo:VLM)

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