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Sukhoi Superjet 100 starts “Welcome Asia” tour on May 3

On May 3, 2012 the SSJ 100 aircraft will start its first roadshow — “Welcome Asia”. Sukhoi Civil Aircraft will bring the 95005 airplane to six countries: Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar. The airplane will be outfitted with the dual class cabin configuration, so that customers, stakeholders, government officials and media could enjoy the first-hand in-flight experience of the unparalleled comfort a regional jet can give and share it with almost 200,000 passengers who have already travelled with Aeroflot and Armavia. At each destination point the aircraft will be demonstrated on static display and will perform demo flights for specially invited guests and media.

The first destination point is Astana, Kazakhstan. On May 3, at the International Exhibition KADEX-2012 the SSJ100 will launch its premiere tour. On May 5, the aircraft will arrive in Karachi, Pakistan. Naypyidaw, Myanmar, is the next stop for May 7. Two days later, on May 9 the aircraft will land in Jakarta, Indonesia. And on May 11 it will arrive in Vientiane, Laos. The final destination point of the “Welcome Asia” tour is Hanoi, Vietnam, where the aircraft will be shown on May 14. During the overall tour the aircraft, piloted by SSJ100 Chief test pilot Alexander Yablontsev and his co-pilot Alexander Kochetkov will have covered 8375 nautical miles (15510 km).

Sukhoi Superjet 100 is designed for transportation of 98 passengers and possesses a number of technical and economical advantages allowing to compete successfully with products of leading western regional jet manufacturers. Sukhoi Superjet 100 has an essential efficiency advantage on cash operational cost if compared to competitors. The aircraft enjoys unique piloting characteristics and controllability.

“Having performed commercial flights for almost a year our aircraft has shown remarkable results both in safety and operational efficiency. The recent European certification confirmed full compliance of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 with stringent safety requirements. It opens up new perspectives for this aircraft in the international markets. We believe that the SSJ100 with its excellent operational economics and mainline level of comfort for the passengers is the best choice in the70-120seat segment for many airlines from the region. We already have customers in Asia, so for us the road show is a good opportunity to demonstrate the aircraft and the Program progress and to enhance our presence in the Asian market”, said Vladimir Prisyazhnyuk, President of Sukhoi Civil Aircraft.

Sukhoi press release