Indonesia’s Sky Aviation to receive first Sukhoi Superjet by end-2012

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Indonesia's first Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft has arrived in the Russian city of Ulyanovsk, where it will undergo painting and interior installation prior to delivery to Sky Aviation before the end of 2012.

The aircraft, with registration MSN 95022, was flown to Ulyanovsk from the Superjet assembly line at Komsomolsk-on-Amur, says Sukhoi. Sky Aviation is likely to receive the aircraft in mid-December.

Two Indonesian carriers have placed orders for the type. Sky Aviation has ordered 12, while Kartika Airlines ordered 30.

Sukhoi adds that eight Sky Aviation pilots, nine cabin attendants and 12 mechanics are in training for Superjet 100.

Several officials from Sky Aviation and Kartika were aboard the Superjet 100 that crashed in Indonesia on 9 May 2012, killing all 47 aboard. Officials from Sriwijaya Air, Pelita Air, Airfast, Air Maleo, KAL Star Aviation and Aviastar - all Indonesian airlines - were also on board.

Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee had originally planned on releasing the investigation report into the crash this month. Superjet, however, says the report is only likely to be released in November.