100 not out for Aeroflot’s SSJ100 order

The document being signed by UAC president Yury Slyusar (left) and Aeroflot CEO Vitaly Saveliev (right), with Russian Federation president Vladimir Putin (centre).

Aeroflot and the United Aircraft Corporation have signed an agreement for delivery to Aeroflot of 100 Superjet 100 (SSJ100) aircraft. The aircraft offers 21.97 m3 (776 cu ft) of cargo space.

The document was signed by Aeroflot CEO Vitaly Saveliev and UAC president Yury Slyusar during the current Eastern Economic Forum in the presence of Russian Federation president Vladimir Putin.

Under the agreement, UAC will deliver 100 SSJ100 aircraft to Aeroflot between 2019 and 2026. The aircraft will be configured with 12 seats in business class and 75 seats in economy class. The final contract documents will be signed after the parties agree on material terms of the transaction and obtain necessary corporate approvals.

Vitaly Saveliev, CEO of PJSC Aeroflot, said: ““We have signed the largest aircraft delivery agreement in Aeroflot’s history, under which the company will receive 100 modern Russian-built SSJ100 aircraft. Including the expected delivery of 50 MC-21, by 2026 Aeroflot will operate 200 Russian-built aircraft. Aeroflot has historically been the largest operator of Russian aircraft and has helped to improve all Russian aircraft models currently in operation. It is Aeroflot’s top priority to act in the interests of Russian aviation and our country.”

Aeroflot currently operates 49 SSJ100 aircraft and is expecting the delivery of the 50th aircraft. Aeroflot’s first commercial SSJ100 flight took place on 16 June 2011 between Moscow and Saint Petersburg. Today, SSJ100 aircraft operate on routes to Belgorod, Nizhny Novgorod, Orenburg, Perm, Saratov, Sochi, Syktyvkar, Tyumen, Chelyabinsk and other cities. SSJ100 aircraft also fly to international destinations including Dresden, Vilnius, Gothenburg, Bucharest, Zagreb, Ljubljana, Riga, Sofia and Tivat.