Sukhoi flew the Superjet 100 yesterday. Sales still slow, but at least it’s in the air. China and Japan not so far behind however. Despite the best efforts of Alenia and Snecma this programme is not progressing to market as quickly as it needs to. Looks nice though. Text of the press release below.
The all-new RussianSukhoi Superjet 100 flies successfully for the first time
May 19, 2008,
“The Sukhoi Superjet 100 which has just completed itsfirst flight is a remarkable aircraft,” said Mikhail Pogosyan, Director Generalof Sukhoi Holding. “While much remains to be completed on the way tocertification, I am certain that we are well prepared for them and that theaircraft will enjoy the success it deserves.”
“To witness the Sukhoi Superjet 100 take to the airfor the first time makes today the most important day for all of us,” continuedPogosyan. “We have virtually beaten the air with our own wings. It has been along way but the result we achieved is truly inspiring for our team ofthousands of people from all over the world who share in this great success.”
“The Superjet 100 is a great aircraft, and I canconfidently say that it is as easy to fly as any Airbus and Boeing I haveflown,” added Alexander Yablontsev, the distinguished SCAC Chief Pilot. “I amvery happy that, after many years of work, we have flown the Supert 100. I amvery proud to have had the privilege, together with Leonid Chikunov, to takethis new Russian civil aircraft in the air for the first time.”
“In the aviation industry first flights are alwaysmilestones and the most important event for people involved in a new aircraftproject,” said Victor Subbotin, President of Sukhoi Civil Aircraft. “A firstflight is a challenge, but the excellent technical and flight characteristicsmake the Sukhoi Superjet
“It is with great pride and satisfaction that we welcome the SukhoiSuperjet’s maiden flight”, said Giovanni Bertolone, Alenia aeronautica CEO. “Participatingin the SSJ 100 program is a great opportunity for us to capitalise thetechnical and commercial know-how previously acquired by Alenia Aeronautica inthe regional aircraft market sector. Alenia Aeronautica thinks that thestrategic investment in SCAC and the partnership with Sukhoi in the new jointventure Superjet International for the sales and after sales of the newaircraft, will bring long term success in a high competitive market”.