Mexico City - Interjet wants to get rid of its entire Sukhoi Superjet (SSJ100) fleet. The Mexican carrier is in talks with the Russian manufacturer for a deal to return the aircraft.
Interjet's SSJ100s had been grounded several times before due to the technical problems and lack of spare parts. In late 2016, Interjet's 11 SSJ100 were grounded due to a stabilizer node defect.
Rosaviatsiya (Russian Federal Air Transport Agency) issued an emergency airworthiness directive ordering a detailed examination of the affected parts.
Russian manufacturer fixed the problem, and the grounded planes returned to service in January 2017. But, because of the further groundings, Sukhoi had to pay Interjet $40 million compensation fee.
Airline's plan to sell its SSJ100 fleet came after numerous incidents which forced the airline to ground a part of the fleet because of mechanical problems.
The airline has 22 Superjets in its fleet and is the only one in the Americas operating this type of aircraft. Earlier this summer, Brussels Airlines, which hired the Russian jetliner for its subsidiary Cityjet, also suffered from the same problems as Mexican operator.
Russian airlines, particularly Aeroflot, still have confidence in the Sukhoi's SSJ100. Russian flag carrier, who has currently 50, SSJ100 in the fleet, ordered 100 more copies last week.
Interjet is the second largest operator of the type in the world (after Aeroflot) with 21 SSJ100 aircraft in service, one in storage and another eight still on order.
Local media sources claim that the company wants to replace the SSJ100s with larger Airbus A320neos.