FIDAE: Interjet reports strong Superjet reliability rate

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Mexican low-cost carrier Interjet's fleet of five in-service Sukhoi Superjet 100s have achieved a dispatch reliability rate of almost 99%, more than six months after the type entered revenue service with the carrier.

The airline's vice president of operational safety, security and quality assurance Benjamin Mejia Ortiz says the carrier is pleased with the type's performance. Interjet now operates the SSJ100 on 10 routes within Mexico and hopes to deploy the aircraft on transborder flights to the USA in mid-2014.

Interjet's first SSJ100 entered into service on 18 September 2013. The five aircraft have accumulated more than 4,000 flight hours and 3,800 cycles since then. Interjet received a sixth aircraft earlier this month and will place it into service this week, Ortiz tells Flightglobal on the sidelines of the IATA Wings of Change conference at the FIDAE air show in Santiago.

"The seventh aircraft is arriving next week," he adds. Another nine aircraft will be delivered by end-2014 for a total fleet of 15 SSJ100s. Interjet will receive another five aircraft in 2015, completing deliveries for its order of 20 of the type.

Interjet typically operates the SSJ100 for 8-9h each day over seven flights, says Ortiz. The carrier is also due to take delivery of a SSJ100 simulator by end-2015.

Superjet International chief executive Nazario Cauceglia says the airframer is "extremely proud" of the SSJ100's performance with the Mexican airline. "Not only are we flying, but we are flying well."

Ortiz says Interjet has not experienced slat jamming issues with its aircraft, which were previously reported by other operators. Sukhoi has introduced a temporary procedural change to the SSJ100's operating manual, requiring pilots to reconfigure the flaps during approach if they fail to deploy.

The jamming has been linked to accumulated moisture in humid conditions.