Aeroflot aims to penalise Sukhoi over Superjet hold-up

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Russian flag-carrier Aeroflot has resumed attempts to impose financial penalties on Sukhoi over delays to deliveries of the Superjet 100.

Transport minister Igor Levitin, who chairs the airline's governing board, has revealed that the management is preparing a relevant proposal.

"First, [the proposal] will be submitted for approval by directors and then to the Government. We need to determine the course of action as the contract delivery term has expired," he says.

While declining to elaborate, Levitin says Aeroflot also has some issues regarding technical parameters of the Superjet 100.

The carrier originally placed an order for 30 Superjet 100s with delivery scheduled to start in 2008. Sukhoi has revisited the timeframe for handing over serially-built aircraft to Aeroflot and Armavia.

Several Aeroflot cockpit crew have completed training for the Superjet 100. The carrier is planning to put two of the type into commercial service in May.