Russian Airlines Aeroflot has taken delivery of its ninth SSJ100 aircraft from JSC Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SCAC), which also marks the manufacturer's tenth production aircraft, following the completion of the technical acceptance procedure.
The act of delivery and acceptance for the SSJ100 aircraft, signed by both the parties, confirms its technical aspects and compliance with the performance criteria, in addition to a confirmed transfer to the carrier with required operational and maintenance documentation and flight kit.
The new SSJ100 aircraft is scheduled to perform its first flight from Ulyanovsk to Moscow today.
Designed, developed and built by SCAC in collaboration with Alenia Aermacchi, the SSJ100 jet cruises at a maximum operating speed of Mach 0.81 and height of 40,000ft, while it takes off from a 1,731m runway in the normal range and 2,052m in the long range.
The basic version of SSJ offers an operating range of 3,048 km, with 4,578km for the long-range version.
The first SSJ100 received a type certificate from the Russian Certification Authority IAC AR in January 2011 and was delivered in April the same year, while the EASA type certificate was obtained in February this year.
According to Sukhoi, the nine operational SSJ100 jets have accumulated more than 10,200 flight hours in more than 5,200 revenue flights by the middle of July.
Aeroflot had earlier placed orders for 30 SSJ 100 aircraft and plans to acquire an additional ten of these aircraft, along with 126 Russian-built aircraft until 2020.
The Russian airlines had received their first SSJ 100 aircraft in June 2011, while Sukhoi's only other SSJ100 aircraft is currently being operated by Armenian airline Armavia.
Image: The SSJ100 aircraft had performed its first successful flight on 19 May 2008. Photo: courtesy of Sukhoi Company (JSC).