Moscow - Yesterday, Aeroflot agreed with UAC on a new order of a further 100 Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ 100), outlining the largest order at a time in the company history.
The contract with the Russian manufacturer OAK (United Aircraft Corporation) was signed on September 10 in Vladivostok in the presence of President Vladimir Putin. Putin praised the state-owned airline for choosing Russian aircraft.
The deal should be worth more than $3 billion and will serve the airline's new strategy to improve its regional network with additional routes.
We have signed the largest aircraft delivery agreement in Aeroflot’s history, under which the Company will receive 100 modern Russian-built SSJ100 aircraft,said Vitaly Savelyev, the chairman and CEO of Aeroflot.
Mr. Savelyev also said last month that the Russian flag carrier would concentrate on its 2023 strategy, which will give rise to new regional bases and hubs, as well as the inclusion of more aircraft in the fleet.
Almost two-thirds of all domestic flights in Russia are carried out via transition in Moscow. Last May, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the proportion of flights bypassing the airports in Moscow should be at least %50 by 2024.
The Sukhoi Superjet 100 is the first post-Soviet era passenger plane built in Russia. The aircraft, which can accommodate up to100 passengers, has been produced since 2011. Since then, there have been several reports for lack of reliability and problems with spare parts supply.
Aeroflot currently has 50 Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100 in its fleet. The state-owned operator also plans to order 50 more aircraft (MC-21) from another state-owned manufacturer (Irkut), to strengthen its regional network.
Aeroflot will be operating 200 Russian-built aircraft by 2026. Aeroflot has historically been the largest operator of Russian-built passenger planes and has helped to improve the Russian aerospace industry.
Above all, Aeroflot operates one of the youngest Airbus and Boeing fleets in the world.