Paris 2011: Sukhoi and Alenia Launch Business Jet Version of Superjet 100
Sukhoi Civil Aircraft and Alenia Aeronautica yesterday announced the launch of an executive version of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) regional jet. Dubbed the SBJ, or Sukhoi Business Jet, the project willwould fall under the responsibility of Italian support and marketing arm Superjet International, the joint venture between Alenia and Suhoi Holding. Scheduled for certification in 2014, the so-called SBJ willould cost some $50 million, depending on configuration, Superjet International CEO Carlo Logli said during a press briefing here. Logli estimated a market of between 80 and 100 airplanes over the next 20 years, centered primarily in North America, the Middle East and the Russian Federation. Based on the SSJ100-95 platform, the SBJ will come in VIP, corporate and government configurations. Additional fuel tanks in the cargo hold will provide the aircraft with a range of almost 4,300 nm, compared with the SSJ’s Superjet 100’s standard 1,645 nm, allowing it to fly nonstop from Paris to New York. The launch of the new business jet comes just two months after entry into service of the SSJ100 with Armavia. During the first two months of operation, the airplane flew for more than 268 hours during 119 missions.