FARNBOROUGH: Indonesia's Sky set to restart Superjet flights

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Indonesian carrier Sky Aviation appears poised to reintroduce Sukhoi Superjet 100 services after a four-month suspension.

Jakarta-based operator took delivery of three examples of the type from Sukhoi in 2013. But it had to ground them along with the rest of its fleet in March, citing the lack of working capital and the need to find a new investor.

Sukhoi Civil Aircraft director Andrei Kalinovski, however, says Sky is about to resume Superjet operations.

“We've found a solution to that problem,” he said during the Farnborough air show. “Their [Superjet] aircraft will be back in service shortly.”

Kalinovski would not disclose sources or amount of the funding secured by Sky Aviation. However, an $80 million tied loan was negotiated with Russia's Vnesheconmbank earlier this year.

The carrier has firm orders for nine more Superjets to be supplied over the next two years. The delivery schedule, however, is not disclosed yet.