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Thai startup Kom Airlines signs for six Sukhoi Superjet

Moscow - Thai startup Kom Airlines has signed a deal with Sukhoi Civil Aircraft for six Sukhoi Superjet.

According to the agreement signed between two companies, Sukhoi Civil Aircraft will deliver the six SSJ100 jets to the new Thai airline through 2019 and 2020. The order is valued at $300 million at list prices.

Kom Airlines will take delivery of the first SSJ100 in the fourth quarter of this year.

The carrier plans to operate its SSJ100s both on domestic and international routes. After Royal Thai Air Force, Kom Airlines will be the second operator of the Sukhoi Superjet in the country. Royal Tai Air Force operates three business version SSJ100 for the VIP flights of government officials.

Local MRO provider WishV will conduct the maintenance operations of the SSJ100s. Located at the U-Tapao International Airport, WishV is qualified for the maintenance of the Boeing and Embraer jets as well. The certification for the SSJ100 is in process.

The SSJ100 is able to accommodate up to 98 passengers with a flight range of 4,400 km (2375 nmi). The only airline operating the SSJ100 abroad is the AeroMexico subsidiary Interjet. Russian national airline Aeroflot is the largest operator of the aircraft with 50 copies (a hundred more on order).