The all-new Russian Sukhoi Superjet 100 flies successfully for the first time
May 19, 2008,
"The Sukhoi Superjet 100 which has just completed its first flight is a remarkable aircraft," said Mikhail Pogosyan, Director General of Sukhoi Holding. "While much remains to be completed on the way to certification, I am certain that we are well prepared for them and that the aircraft will enjoy the success it deserves."
"To witness the Sukhoi Superjet 100 take to the air for the first time makes today the most important day for all of us," continued Pogosyan. "We have virtually beaten the air with our own wings. It has been a long way but the result we achieved is truly inspiring for our team of thousands of people from all over the world who share in this great success."
"The Superjet 100 is a great aircraft, and I can confidently say that it is as easy to fly as any Airbus and Boeing I have flown," added Alexander Yablontsev, the distinguished SCAC Chief Pilot. "I am very happy that, after many years of work, we have flown the Supert 100. I am very proud to have had the privilege, together with Leonid Chikunov, to take this new Russian civil aircraft in the air for the first time."
"In the aviation industry first flights are always
milestones and the most important event for people involved in a new aircraft
project," said Victor Subbotin, President of Sukhoi Civil Aircraft. "A first
flight is a challenge, but the excellent technical and flight characteristics
make the Sukhoi Superjet
"It is with great pride and satisfaction that we welcome the Sukhoi Superjet's maiden flight", said Giovanni Bertolone, Alenia aeronautica CEO. "Participating in the SSJ 100 program is a great opportunity for us to capitalise the technical and commercial know-how previously acquired by Alenia Aeronautica in the regional aircraft market sector. Alenia Aeronautica thinks that the strategic investment in SCAC and the partnership with Sukhoi in the new joint venture Superjet International for the sales and after sales of the new aircraft, will bring long term success in a high competitive market".