Russian regional jet Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ 100) has been certified by EASA for operation on narrow (30m wide) runways, the aircraft’s OEM, Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SCAC) announced in a statement.
The aircraft’s only European operator, Irish carrier CityJet, initiated the approval process, which enables the aircraft’s operations in and out of London’s Southend, Florence and other airfield with narrow runways.
CityJet has also asked for the aircraft to be certified for operation on short runways, such as the one at London City airport, one of the base airports for the Irish carrier. SCAC has got plans to increase the efficiency of the aircraft’s high-lift devices and upgrade its fly-by-wire software to achieve the required performance targets. The OEM plans to start testing the upgraded systems in the summer of 2017 and complete the steep-approach certification by December of the same year. According to earlier information, SCAC suggested the aircraft’s base version SJ 100B-100 with more powerful SaM146-1S18 engines for steep approach certification.
To further improve the aircraft’s performance SCAC is developing horizontal winglets and will install them on new aircraft starting from 2018.
CityJet currently operates two SSJ 100s out of the batch of 15 aircraft it ordered. Third aircraft is set for delivery in October this year, the remaining deliveries are spread over a period until the end of 2018.
In the first half of this year, SCAC delivered nine aircraft to customers (against seven for the same period last year). Besides the CityJet, the new SSJ 100s were delivered to Aeroflot, Yamal and Thai Royal Air Force.
At the end of June 2016, SCAC’s total SSJ 100 deliveries stood at 94 aircraft. The aircraft’s share of the new regional aircraft market, on which it competes with Bombardier CRJ900/1000 и Embraer E190/E195, has grown from 19% in 2013 to 25% by the end of 2015, SCAC emphasized. To further increase its share, the airframer is bidding on the 120-seat modification SSJ 100SV, which is slated to enter service in 2020. The nearest delivery targets stand at 27, 34 and 38 aircraft in 2016, 2017 and 2018, respectively; up from the 20 new aircraft delivered in 2015. Production plans for this year include 20 SSJ 100s.
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