FIDAE: Interjet eyes first Superjet flights to USA in mid-2014

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Mexican low-cost carrier Interjet hopes to operate its first Sukhoi Superjet 100 flights to the USA in mid-2014, and will likely fly the aircraft to the Texan cities of Houston and Laredo.

The airline is awaiting approval from Mexican authorities to deploy the aircraft type on its transborder flights, says Interjet's vice president of operational safety, security and quality assurance Benjamin Mejia Ortiz.

"We hope to get it this summer," he tells Flightglobal on the sidelines of the IATA Wings of Change conference at the FIDAE air show in Santiago. The airline has secured approval from the US Federal Aviation Administration for the Superjet flights earlier this year.

Ortiz says the SSJ100 will be the "perfect" aircraft to serve mid-density routes with flights that are around 2h long. He identifies Laredo and Houston as the first two likely destinations that Interjet will operate to with the SSJ100.

Interjet has regulatory approvals to operate between Toluca and Houston, and between Mexico City and Laredo, according to filings. The airline, however, has not started selling the flights yet.