One Year Of Superjet Flights


Sukhoi announced today that its Superjet 100 aircraft celebrated its one-year anniversary on June 16--the day last year when Aeroflot made its first commercial flight with the aircraft. Since that first scheduled flight, Aeroflot flew eight Superjets 6,865 flight hours in 3,710 revenue flights. 

Aeroflot plans to launch operations of its ninth aircraft this week, followed by five more this year.

In the last year, Sukhoi's slow delivery rate grabbed some headlines, but more came from the May 9 crash in Indonesia. Leithen Francis reports today in the Aviation Week Intelligence Network that Sky Aviation, which was considering purchasing the aircraft, had 14 people onboard the fatal flight.

It apparently is waiting for the final crash report before making a decision. We should probably all wait for that report, too, before judging this aircraft too harshly.

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