SuperJet International signs an order with Blue Panorama Airlines

SuperJet International - a joint venture between Alenia Aeronautica (a Finmeccanica Company) and Sukhoi Holding - signed an order today with the Italian Blue Panorama Airlines for the purchase of 12 Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) aircraft. Based on the list price, the agreement has an estimated value of USD 370 million. The deliveries of these SSJ100/95B aircraft will start at the end of 2012. The aircraft interiors will be provided by the Italian design group Pininfarina. The Blue Panorama SSJ100 fleet will be also supported by SuperJet International with tailored after-sales solutions beginning with the first delivery. The first Sukhoi Superjet 100 entered into revenue services with Armavia on April 21, 2011. The aircraft was put into operation in an extremely short period of time, two days after the official delivery to the launch customer on April, 19 2011. On June 16, 2011 the SSJ100 entered into commercial operation with the Russian airline Aeroflot from Moscow to St. Petersburg. During the first two months of operation the SSJ100 totalized 119 flights and more than 268 hours. Owing to its economic efficiency and operational capabilities, the aircraft confirmed to be suitable both to regional and to short-haul routes. President of Blue Panorama Airlines, Mr. Franco Pecci: "As an all Italian airline, I decided to focus on the only available aircraft that represents the return to the highest worldwide levels of the Italian civil aviation industry. The combination of the Russian aerodynamics' excellence with the most advanced western systems and engines as well as the Italian design make the SSJ100 the best choice. Its technical performances reduced environmental impact and new standards of comfort complete the characteristics of this superb aircraft. With the acquisition we seal today in Le Bourget, we are also proud to become the first European carrier to operate this aircraft, supported with great ability and determination by Alenia Aeronautica and SuperJet International. With this new aircraft Blue Panorama Airlines will offer new routes in to markets that are not often connected today. At the same time we are extremely pleased to participate to this new business challenge, convinced that it will have positive impacts on labor force and! unsurpassed quality standards on the Italian territory". President and Chairman of the Board of SuperJet International, Mr. Carmelo Cosentino: "We are very proud to announce this important contract during the Le Bourget Airshow which definitely proves the interest of European Customers in the SSJ100 aircraft. Blue Panorama is a dynamic and aggressive airline and it is expanding its fleet in the regional market. I firmly believe that the SSJ100 aircraft will fit at best the Customer's network, offering to passengers superior quality services and maximum comfort".
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Source: Sukhoi
Date: Jun 23, 2011