Interjet tries to get rid of its Sukhoi Superjets

Mexico City, Mexico - The last foreign operator of the Russian-made Superjet considers getting rid of the aircraft.

The only non-Russian carrier Mexican Interjet is reportedly planning to end its operations with the SSJ100s of the Russian aircraft manufacturer Sukhoi.

According to the Mexican airline operator, the decision was taken long before the Aeroflot SSJ100 crash in Moscow on May 5.

Despite the carrier has 22 SSJ100 in its fleet, only five planes are currently operational. The rest is used as donors for the active SSJ100s.

Interjet plans to sell as much as possible of them.

Interjet ordered its SSJ100s in 2011, but due to prolonged groundings and technical issues such as engine failures and lack of spare parts, only five Interjet SSJ100 are airworthy.

Sergey Khramagin, the CEO of the largest SSJ100 customer State Transport Leasing Company, says that Sukhoi must arrange the supply of spare parts to improve the image of the aircraft.

Khramagin also warns a second-hand market has already been formed for the Sukhoi's SSJ100 and it could hamper the production of new planes.