SSJ 100 production rates are down 54%

Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SCAC) is planning to produce 17 Sukhoj Superjet 100s (SSJ 100) this year, down from 37 aircraft in 2014, director of Komsomolsk-on-Amur plant Dmitry Bloschinsky told Russian Aviation Insider.

He explained that the noticeable slowdown is the result of “coordination of output rates and backlog”. The released capacity will serve the purposes of improving production efficiency, the speaker said, noting that the 2016 production plan is yet in the works.

Today SCAC celebrated the program milestone with 100th aircraft (S. N. 89059) making its final test flight at the company flight test facility since the launch of serial production in 2007. The aircraft will be ferried to Ulyanovsk for painting and interior completions. After that it will enter service with Aeroflot, supposedly in early 2016. The S. N. 89059 is one of the ten aircraft that will join the fleet of the 20 SSJ 100s currently operated by Russia’s largest carrier. Although the delivery of this additional batch should have started before the end of 2015, it is yet still undecided, who will act as a lessor.

Currently Komsomolsk facility is assembling its 125th SSJ 100. In the meantime, the aircraft is receiving an extension to its EASA type certificate, enabling some of its new functions, including ICAO Cat IIIa autoland, VNAV and RNAV. The process is streamed by the SSJ 100’s only international operator, a Mexican airline, Interjet .

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