PICTURE: First Yakutia Superjet breaks cover

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Siberian carrier Yakutia's first Sukhoi Superjet 100 has emerged in its full colour scheme, three years after the operator signed for a pair of the twinjets.

Yakutia would become the second Russian customer to take delivery of the aircraft after Aeroflot.

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Earlier this year Sukhoi conducted tests at Tiksi to ensure that the Superjet's avionics and navigation systems would function correctly at high latitudes.

Yakutia agreed to take the aircraft under a deal linked to Russian lessor Finance Leasing Company, and originally planned to take delivery in 2011.

Last year the airline signed a support pact covering maintenance of the Superjet's PowerJet SaM146 engines.

Yakutia's fleet includes a mix of Soviet-era and Western-built types as well as the post-Soviet Antonov An-140 turboprop. The airline has expressed initial interest in the Bombardier Q400 for modernisation and took part in a Q400 demonstration roadshow at Yakutsk in mid-2012.