Armavia seals Superjet support pact

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Armenian carrier Armavia has signed a six-year maintenance agreement with Superjet International covering support for the airline's Sukhoi Superjet 100 fleet.

Armavia became the first airline to put the type into operation, in April, and will have two aircraft serving its network.

Superjet International, the joint venture which specialises in marketing the aircraft, disclosed the 'SuperCare' agreement at the Paris air show.

It will provide customised spares availability and maintenance for on-board equipment. Superjet International values the deal at about $4 million.

"We deem it is the right solution to boost our aircraft availability while minimising costs and keeping full budget control through a fixed rate per flight hour," said Armavia general director Norayr Shakratovich Belluyan.

Superjet International chief Carlo Logli added: "It is an important milestone which confirms Superjet International's fundamental commitment and role in the [Superjet] programme."

Mexican carrier Interjet has signed a similar pact following its decision to acquire 15 Superjets.