PICTURE: Lao Central's first painted Superjet emerges

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Lao Central Airlines' first Sukhoi Superjet 100 has been fully painted in the Asian carrier's livery at Russia's Ulyanovsk finishing facility.

The aircraft, number 95026, is the first of three 93-seat airframes due to be delivered to the carrier.

Lao Central will take the aircraft "early this year", says Sukhoi's civil aircraft division. The airline has options for six more of the PowerJet SaM146-equipped aircraft.

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Authorities in Laos have approved the twinjet through validation of its type certificate.

Sukhoi says the carrier will operate the Superjet domestically and internationally, listing Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City and Singapore as destinations.