Sukhoi has won new commitments for 24 of its 100-seat Superjet 100 regional jet, with an order for 12 Superjet 100/95Bs with Italian carrier Blue Panorama Airlines and a letter of intent for 12 Superjet 100/95Bs from new Indonesian carrier PT Sky Aviation.
At the Paris Airshow on June 22, SuperJet International – a joint venture between Alenia Aeronautica and Sukhoi Holding – signed an order with Blue Panorama Airlines for the carrier to purchase 12 Sukhoi Superjet 100s (SSJ100s) aircraft, in a deal which Sukhoi values at $370 million based on list prices.
Also at the Paris Airshow, on June 21, Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company and Indonesian regional carrier PT Sky Aviation signed a heads of agreement document specifying the delivery of 12 Sukhoi Superjet 100/95B aircraft to the airline from 2012, in a deal valued by Sukhoi at $379.2 million at list prices. The document was signed by Vladimir Prisyazhnyuk, president of Sukhoi Civil Aircraft, and Krisman Tarigan, president director of Sky Aviation.
Deliveries of Blue Panorama’s SSJ100/95Bs will also start at the end of 2012. The aircraft interiors will be provided by the Italian design group Pininfarina. Blue Panorama’s Sukhoi Superjet 100 fleet will be also supported by SuperJet International with tailored after-sales services, beginning with the first delivery.
“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,” said Franco Pecci, president of Blue Panorama Airlines. “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.”
Discussing PT Sky Aviation’s planned acquisition of Superjet 100/95Bs, Sukhoi Civil Aircraft’s Prisyazhnyuk remarked: “Indonesia is a country with stable economic growth. Its geographic and demographic situation contributes to the fast development of air transportation in the region. Such conditions are extremely favorable for the entry into market of the new airlines successfully developing upcoming route network[s]. And PT Sky Aviation is among them. I strongly believe that Sky Aviation’s experience in flying SSJ100 will contribute to the expansion of our penetration to the South East Asia market.”
Blue Panorama Airlines (BPA) is an Italian private airline, which operates long-haul scheduled flights, as well on long-, medium- and short-haul charter flights for the inclusive tour market and for ad hoc charters. Blue Panorama Airlines is an IATA member.
Incorporated in 1998 and based in Rome Fiumicino, Milan Malpensa and Bologna, the airline currently has a fleet of Boeing 767-300ERs, two Boeing 757-200s, three Boeing 737-400s and three Boeing 737-300s. The carrier flies both to Asia (Thailand and Myanmar) and the Caribbean (where it serves a wide variety of destinations) and says its has a share of more than 70 per cent of the Italy-Cuba market. From July 2011 Blue Panorama adds Brazil to its list of long-haul destinations.
Since November 2005, Blue Panorama has also operated Blu-express.com, connecting Rome with Catania, Palermo, Turin, Lamezia Terme, Genoa Brindisi, Nice and Istanbul; and Reggio Calabria with Milan Linate and Rome Fiumcino, the latter route staring this month.
PT Sky Aviation is a new Indonesian carrier and a member of the Petroneks Energy group of companies. Sky Aviation’s fleet includes Fokker 50s, Grand Cessna Caravans, Cirrus SR20s and Cirrus SR22s. It operates a regional and charter network between Surabaya, Banyuwangi and Denpasar. Sky Aviation also provides scheduled flights to new destinations not served by other airlines, such as Batam, Palembang and Surabaya.
The first Sukhoi Superjet 100 entered into revenue services with Armenian carrier Armavia on April 21, 2011. Armavia put the aircraft into commercial service just two days after the official delivery to the launch customer on April 19.
On June 16 the SSJ100 entered into commercial service with Aeroflot from Moscow to St. Petersburg. During its first two months of operation the SSJ100 accumulated 119 flights and more than 268 hours of flight time.