Sukhoi Civil Aircraft says it does not yet see a need to put upgraded engines on its Superjet 100, but that this could change depending on performance of upcoming new-generation jets from its competitors.
Senior vice-president for economics and finance Artem Pogosian says the Superjet provides 6-8% in fuel savings over the current-generation regional jets.
The Russian airframer is still expecting its jet to have a 3-4% edge in fuel savings over upcoming new-generation aircraft such as the Mitsubishi Regional Jet and the Embraer E2 family.
“We understand that now our product is better. In future we will analyse what is happening with our competitors, and if we foresee we couldn’t provide a better solution, of course we will change our position,” says Pogosian, adding that this will, however, be a longer-term project
He stresses, however, that things are not “frozen”, and that improvement projects covering topics such as boosting weight efficiency, modernising the aircraft and improving aerodynamics are still ongoing.
The Superjet is powered by the PowerJet SaM146 turbofan.
Mitsubishi Aircraft’s MRJ will be powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1200G geared turbofans when it enters the market in 2017, while Embraer’s re-engined E195 E2 will have PW1900G powerplants.