Comlux Is Launch Customer for Sukhoi Superjet Bizliner
SuperJet International, manufacturer of the new Sukhoi Superjet 100 regional airliner, announced today at the NBAA Convention that Comlux The Aviation Group will be the launch customer for an executive variant of the aircraft. The agreement covers two Sukhoi Business Jets (SBJs) and options for two more. Each aircraft costs $50 million (including interior completion), so the deal is potentially worth $200 million. “Comlux is a very impressive company,” SuperJet CEO Carlo Logli told AIN. He added that the deal “was a logical step to increase our product portfolio and increase our sales forecast.” Richard Gaona, president of Comlux, said his company expected to begin operating the airplanes by 2015 and is buying them “to prepare ourselves for the future.” He added that Comlux might “extend the deal for another six or up to 10” additional VIP Superjets. The SBJ has a 4,300-nm range, more than double that of the regional airliner version thanks to its six additional fuel tanks. SuperJet International expects to sell an additional 80 to 100 SBJs over the next 20 years, according to Logli.