Sukhoi Civil Aircraft has announced that the fourth prototype Sukhoi SuperJet 100, MSN 95005, has made its first flight.
The aircraft, which features a number of refinements and modifications to match the production standard SSJ100, was captained by Sukhoi Civil Aircraft’s test pilots Sergey Korostiev and Alexander Ivanov. During a 2 hour and 45 minute flight, the crew was able to examine systems integrity and performance as well as their readiness towards certification trials.
“With another prototype in the certification program, we will be able to deliver 75 flights monthly, which is a very good figure in the global practice of flight certification campaigns,” said Vladimir Prisyazhnyuk, president of Sukhoi Civil Aircraft. “Provided that engines are certificated and delivered in due time, we will acquire the type certificate in middle 2010”.