The blizzard of order activity at this year’s Paris Air Show might have obscured a highly significant signing in the regional jet arena for one of the stars of the salon’s flying display.
The Sukhoi Superjet 100 will eventually welcome a new, larger sibling, possibly one as large as 130 seats in capacity, but not until the original SSJ100-95–on display here at Le Bourget–loses some weight for Aeroflot and gains some range for Latin American launch customer Interjet of Mexico.
Business aviation is still on a roller-coaster ride that could lead to feast or famine, according to Flying Group chief executive Bernard van Milders. “The crisis is not over, fuel prices are high and there could even be a double-dip recession, but [on the other hand] we could see ten-percent growth,” he told AIN.
German operator Vibro-Air (Stand 843) recently added a Cessna Citation CJ3 to its charter fleet. The company now operates an Embraer Legacy 600, two Hawker Beechcraft Premier Is and an IAI Astra SP from Dusseldorf International Airport. It plans to add two Embraer Phenom 300s and a Legacy 500 (scheduled for certification in 2012). Vibro-Air CEO Ammr Shaladi said the company is also expanding its aircraft management division.
Two of the new breed of big regional jets from the Eastern Hemisphere reached some long-awaited milestones recently, namely the Russian certification of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 and the signing of the first firm order for the Mitsubishi MRJ by an airline based outside Japan.
Superjet International secured a key export order for the SSJ100 in January, while SSJ manufacturer Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SCAC) acknowledged that certification of the 95-seat regional jet had stalled once again to late January–some four weeks later than the most recent slipped deadline of December 28.
SuperJet International has secured another key export order for the SSJ100 airliner, while acknowledging that certification of the type has stalled once again. Sukhoi now expects Russian approval for the 100-seater at the end of January–a month past the most recent slipped deadline of December 28.
Cebu Pacific of the Philippines has placed a firm order with Airbus for seven more A320s, the manufacturer announced this morning. The latest contract increases the carrier’s A320-family order backlog to 22 aircraft, scheduled for delivery between the last quarter of 2010 and 2014.
Cessna said Brazil is its leading market for jets outside the U.S., with an in-country fleet of more than 200 Citations. The Mustang accounts for approximately 10 percent of the Citation fleet in Brazil, with 22 of the entry-level jets in the hands of Brazilian customers. The Citation Sovereign and XLS+ are also popular in Brazil, Cessna said.
Interjet Group, based at Lanseria International Airport in South Africa, has been purchased by Paul Ludick and TEIM Ventures. The group’s businesses include Interjet Avionics, Ameta Training Academy and Interjet Maintenance, which specializes in Embraer EMB-120s, King Airs, Hawkers, Learjets, Citations and Gulfstreams.