Brussels - The Belgian airline operator Brussels Airlines has welcomed its fourth Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100-95.

On June 29, the 98-seater SSJ100 registered EI-FWG arrived at the Brussels-Zaventem airport from the SuperJet International facilities in Venice where it had been customized for the Brussels Airlines by Russian-Italian joint venture SuperJet International (SJI).

SJI was founded in 2007. The 41 percent of the company is owned by the Russian manufacturer Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Co (SCAC), 49 percent by its parent Sukhoi, the remaining 10 percent by Italian Leonardo, Aerospace, Defence, and Security. The purpose of the joint venture is to promote the aircraft outside Russia and to provide after-sales support.

The Belgian national carrier leased the aircraft from Irish CityJet with the crew. It is one of the fifteen SSJ100s ordered by CityJet (with 16 options).

CityJet received its first SSJ100 in 2016 making it the launch customer for the type in Europe.

The first three single-aisle aircraft assembled in Russia joined the Brussels Airlines fleet in March 2017.

SCAC has delivered 21 SSJ100 so far this year. 19 aircraft went to Russian customers – eight to Aeroflot, seven to Yamal Airlines and four to Azimuth Airlines. CityJet and the Thai Royal Air Force each received one SSJ100.