Interjet to receive first Superjet in June

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Mexico's fast growing Interjet has revealed its initial deployment plans for its order of 20 Superjet 100s, of which it will receive the first two in June.

It will then take delivery of one aircraft each month until December 2014.

Interjet chief executive Jose Luis Garza says the airline will put into service its first two Superjet 100s in July.

"Over the next two years, we will create a secondary network of flights to complement our current Airbus A320 operated [network] which will significantly improve our country's internal transportation," Garza says.

The first Superjet 100s will be deployed on short-haul routes such as Mexico City-Acapulco, freeing up some A320s for longer-haul routes.

Garza explains that Interjet will create a number of secondary bases for the Superjet aircraft, adding that Guadalajara, Monterrey, Tijuana, Cancun and Puerto Vallarta are possible cities. From these airports, Interjet plans to create a new network of flights to cities with lower traffic potential and to which no profitable operations were possible until now.

Garza names Tampico, Veracruz, Campeche, Ciudad Juarez, Ciudad Obregon, Manzanillo, Zacatecas, Aguascalientes, Chihuahua and Minatitlan as possible destinations to be served by Superjet 100s from the new bases.

Interjet ordered the aircraft in January 2011, making it the first Latin American operator of the aircraft and the only scheduled airline in the Americas to operate the type.

The European Aviation Safety Agency has certificated a new full flight simulator for training on the Superjet 100.