Mexican low-cost carrier Interjet has placed a firm order for 15 Sukhoi Superjet 100s and has taken options on five more aircraft.
Sukhoi values the deal at US$650 million at list prices. The first deliveries to Interjet are scheduled for the second half of 2012. The deal sees Interjet become the 14th customer for the Superjet 100.
Interjet signed the deal with SuperJet International (SJI), a joint venture between Finmeccanica subsidiary Alenia Aeronautica and Sukhoi Holding created to market the Superjet 100 internationally. The airline specified the long-range (LR) version of the Superjet 100 and will operate its aircraft in 98-seat, single-class configuration.
SuperJet International says that along with the order Interjet also signed a 10-year ‘SuperCare’ agreement covering customized after-sales support of its fleet of new Sukhoi Superjet 100s upon their entry into service.
The SuperCare agreement is a comprehensive “per-flight-hour” program developed by SJI specifically for SSJ100 operators. The joint venture says it has designed the life-cycle solution to maximize aircraft availability to operators and minimize their maintenance and administrative associated costs.
Interjet’s order increases the firm orderbook for the Sukhoi Superjet 100 to 170 aircraft, according to Sukhoi, though some customers have given lesser commitments for another 41 aircraft. According to Wikipedia, seven customers have optioned an additional 61 Superjet 100s.
The first deliveries to launch customers Russia’s Aeroflot and Armenian airline Armavia are scheduled for the first quarter of this year.
According to Sukhoi, the Superjet 100 program represents the most important industrial partnership between the Russian Federation and the rest of the world in the civil aviation sector.
Interjet is owned by Mexico’s Aleman Group, owned by Miguel Aleman and his family. Interjet, which began operations in December 2005, was the first entrant when the Mexican airline industry was deregulated. Today Interjet operates a fleet of 22 Airbus A320s and claims to be the second-biggest airline in the Mexican domestic market.
It operates from Mexico City’s Benito Juarez International Airport and is based at Toluca Airport just outside Mexico City – which is also the home of fast-growing rival Volaris. Interjet operates to Mexico’s most important business and leisure destinations.
According to Sukhoi, Interjet has been profitable since 2009, reporting EBITDAR and net margins comparable to those achieved by the most profitable airlines in Latin America.
SuperJet International is a joint venture between Alenia Aeronautica (which owns 51 per cent of the company) and Sukhoi Holding (which owns 49 per cent). SJI is responsible for marketing, sales, customization and deliveries of Sukhoi Superjet 100 regional jets in Europe, the Americas, Oceania, Africa and Japan.
The company is also responsible for training and worldwide after-sales support, as well as the design and development of VIP and cargo variants. A SuperJet International branch is active in Moscow and the company has a sales office in Washington, D.C.