Armavia to take enhanced Superjet in April

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Armenian national carrier Armavia is looking to resume traffic growth and receive an enhanced Sukhoi Superjet 100 in 2012.

Speaking in Yerevan, the airline's director Norair Beluyan said its passenger numbers totalled 700,000 last year, down from 800,000 in 2010.

"But given the market vagaries, we're satisfied with this result and hope to increase traffic by 8-10% in 2012," he said, citing plans to expand both its fleet and network.

In particular, along with restoring scheduled frequencies to Lyon, Marseille, Barcelona and Berlin, Armavia wants to put its second Superjet 100 into service in April.

Sukhoi's customer relations chief Igor Syrtsov said this would be an improved version compared with the first serially-built aircraft supplied to Armavia in April 2011.

He added: "The following delivery was due several months ago, but they let us delay it until the beginning of the high season to secure the desired cabin interior enhancements."

In addition to the two firm orders, Armavia has also signed options with Sukhoi for another two Superjets.