Gazpromavia to start Superjet operations in Feburary

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Russian carrier Gazpromavia is to start operating its long-range Sukhoi Superjet 100 in February.

The aircraft was officially handed over by the manufacturer in August 2013.

Moscow-based Gazpromavia is the first airline to operate the long-range version of the regional jet. The first of 10 ordered aircraft was presented during a delivery ceremony at MAKS air show near the Russian capital, says Superjet International, the airframer’s sales and aftermarket venture with Alenia Aermacchi.

“We are planning to put in service our first long-range SSJ100 starting from February 2014,” says the carrier's general director Andrey Ovcharenko.

Gazpromavia – which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Russian energy supplier Gazprom – has contracted Superjet International to supply spare parts for the type. The deal is worth around $8 million and covers “initial provisioning of equipment for the Superjet fleet, says the aftermarket specialist.

The agreement follows a previous training contract with Superjet International. The Venice-based support organisation has thus far trained 12 pilots, 25 cabin attendants, 40 maintenance technicians and 16 other technicians for Gazpromavia.