MOSCOW, January 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
JSC Aeroflot ("the Company"), Moscow Exchange ticker: AFLT) and JSC Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SCA) have signed an agreement for an additional 20 of the latest Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft.
Aeroflot will receive the additional SSJ-100s in full specification, able to accommodate 87 passengers in a spacious dual-class configuration (12 seats in business and 75 in economy) and with a flight range of 2,400 km.
The new aircraft will fly on short-haul domestic routes operated by Aeroflot Group subsidiaries, where the Superjet 100 has already proved highly effective. As the Russian domestic market continues to expand rapidly - Aeroflot Group's domestic traffic increased 23.6% year-on-year in November 2014 - the new aircraft are expected to make a significant contribution to the Group's future growth.
The SSJ-100 is a next-generation regional jet developed and produced by JSC Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SCA) in cooperation with the Italian Alenia Aermacchi and with components provided by leading Western companies. The SSJ-100 received certification from the Aviation Register of the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC AR) in January 2011.
The new agreement is in addition to an existing contract for 30 SSJ-100s, and will bring Aeroflot Group's fleet of SSJ-100s to a total of 50 aircraft by 2017.
Aeroflot is committed to a proactive policy of fleet management as part of its ongoing drive to grow its position as a leading European and global airline. The airline currently operates the youngest fleet of any major airline worldwide, comprised of 150 aircraft manufactured by Airbus, Boeing and Sukhoi.
Aeroflot is Russia's flagship carrier and one of the largest airline groups in Europe. In 2013, its 90th anniversary year, Aeroflot carried 20.9 million passengers (31.4 million passengers as Aeroflot Group including subsidiaries), a record for any Russian airline. A proud member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance, Aeroflot and its partners serve more than 1,000 destinations in 177 countries worldwide. Aeroflot operates the youngest fleet in the World (among the major airlines), numbering 150 Airbus, Boeing and Sukhoi airliners. Aeroflot is among the global leaders in aviation safety. The company's European Community Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft (SAFA) Index, which is the main globally recognized safety parameter, is comparable to global peers. The first Russian carrier to enter the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) register, renewing its registration for the fifth time in 2013, Aeroflot has successfully passed the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) and is fully ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 compliant. In 2014 Aeroflot was named by SKYTRAX as the Best Airline in Eastern Europe for the third time. Find more at http://www.aeroflot.com.