Mexican low-cost carrier Interjet has received authorisation to operate the Sukhoi Superjet 100 to the USA.
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has added the SSJ to Interjet’s existing operating authority to fly the Airbus A320 to the country, according to the airframer.
Interjet plans to begin service from Mexico to the USA in “coming months”, it says. It declines to comment on what destinations will be served and when service will begin.
Jose Luis Garza, the airline’s chief executive, has previously said that SSJ is ideal for “mid-density” routes, for example from its hubs in Guadalajara and Monterrey to cities like San Antonio.
The SSJ has achieved a 99% dispatch reliability over 2,500 flight hours since it entered service with Interjet in September 2013, Superjet and Interjet say in a joint statement.
The carrier operates four SSJs and has orders for 16 more aircraft, with 11 deliveries scheduled in 2014.
The FAA was not immediately available for comment.