Moskovia in line to take over Armavia's Superjets

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Russian carrier Moskovia is poised to take delivery of the Sukhoi Superjet 100s which were originally intended for Armenian operator Armavia.

Armavia acquired its first Superjet, aircraft 95007, in April 2011 - the first carrier to take the type.

But the airline declared that it would cease operations on 1 April and file for bankruptcy after running into financial problems.

The airline struggled to acquire its second Superjet, aircraft 95021, which was left painted but undelivered.

Sukhoi's civil aircraft division says that Moskovia signed contracts in late December 2012 to acquire both twinjets. The airline had previously entered a tentative deal for up to five at the 2011 Moscow air show.

Armavia's first Superjet has been caught up in a difficult financial situation, says Sukhoi, and the contract to deliver this aircraft has been "concluded on a contingent condition". The airframer adds that it is "actively working to release the financial burden".

Although an image of a Superjet in full Moskovia livery, parked in a hangar, has emerged on the Internet, the airframer declines to confirm whether one of the former Armavia jets has already been painted.

But it says it is jointly considering, with Moskovia, a payment arrangement for Superjet deliveries to "reduce financial risks".