EASA certificates Superjet 100

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Sukhoi's Superjet 100 has secured type certification from European authorities, a year after the twinjet was similarly approved by Russian regulators.

The European Aviation Safety Agency's clearance is only its second for a Russian aircraft type, following that for the Tupolev Tu-204.

Certification clears the way for delivery to, and operation by, international customers. Russia's Aeroflot and Armenia's Armavia are the only operators of the type to date, as both fall under Russian certification oversight.

EASA executive director Patrick Goudou described the approval as a "great achievement", which demonstrated "successful co-operation" between Sukhoi, EASA and its Russian counterpart.

Superjets are equipped with PowerJet SaM146 engines, which EASA certificated in June 2010. Sukhoi will receive the type certificate from EASA in Moscow on 24 February.