Mexican low cost airline Interjet has received on 22 July its first Sukhoi Superjet 100 at its Toluca base, becoming the first American operator of the Russian-built regional jet.
Featuring Mexican registry XA-JLG, the airline plans to put it into service "soon", after performing a mandatory 100h crew and operational certification programme.
Interjet's general manager Jose Luis Garza welcomes the arrival of the aircraft saying that Interjet's customers "will be the principal beneficiaries of the operational efficiency of the Superjet 100, as this will make fares more competitive".
Interjet has a total of 20 Superjets on order, which will complement their current Airbus A320 fleet. After focusing traditionally on domestic and US flights, the airline opened recently a route to Bogota and plans to use the Superjets to add new destinations in Central America and the Caribbean.
The aircraft was ferried to Mexico, stopping at Iceland just hours before a Sukhoi-owned prototype of the same aircraft type suffered a landing accident at Keflavik during a test flight.