Armavia takes delivery of first Superjet 100

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Armenian flag-carrier Armavia has taken delivery of the first serially-produced Sukhoi Superjet 100 regional jet.

The hand-over ceremony took place today at the airline's base airport, Yerevan Zvartnots.

 
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Armavia's cockpit crew piloted the aircraft from Sukhoi manufacturing plant KnAAPO in Komsomolsk-on-Amur with a landing in Novosibirsk.

The carrier's representative in Moscow, Gagik Sarkisyan, says it will enter commercial service in a few days following completion of its registration.

 
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"Most likely, we'll deploy the Superjet 100 on the premier Yerevan-Moscow route for an inaugural flight," he says, adding that Armavia is expecting to take the next delivery in May.

The aircraft has been named "Yuri Gagarin" to honour the 50th anniversary of the first manned space flight. It was due to enter service last week.