Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company announced at the Farnborough Airshow three significant new commitments for the Superjet 100 (SSJ100) from Orient Thai Airlines, Pearl Aircraft Corporation and Gazpromavia for up to 79 aircraft.
Orient Thai Airlines has signed a letter of intent with Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company which is expected to see it buy up to 24 Superjet 100s, with deliveries to commence from 2011. The order is expected to be finalised later this year, and will be comprised of 12 firm orders and 12 options. Bermuda based Pearl has signed a memorandum of understanding for 30 firm orders of SSJ100s and 15 options, representing the first North American order for the Russian regional jet. In addition, Russian operator Gazprom Avia has also signed a firm order for 10 SSJs, with deliveries commencing in 2012.
As well as the two new commitments, SCAC is understood to be in talks with Alitalia for a possible order of SSJ100s. SCAC is 75 per cent owned by Sukhoi, with 25 per cent owned by Alenia Aeronautica.