PowerJet targets ramp-up from four-per-month output rate

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PowerJet has delivered 40 SaM146 engines to Russian airframer Sukhoi over the past 10 months, and intends to raise the production tempo toward a goal of building 100 next year.

Earlier this month, PowerJet – a Franco-Russian joint venture between Snecma and NPO Saturn – passed a milestone by shipping the 100th SaM146 to Sukhoi’s KnAAPO plant in Komsomolsk-on-Amur, where the Superjet regional airliners powered by the engines are assembled.

To date, 64 SaM146s have been installed on 32 Superjets. Of these, 23 are in commercial service with three Russian and three foreign airlines. Nine Superjets are undergoing customer acceptance procedures. NPO Saturn says lessors are in advanced talks with potential recipients of a further six aircraft.

The Russian engine maker puts the target for PowerJet production in 2015 at 100. “Due to the state backing and investment from internal sources, we’ve introduced leading technologies and expanded development, production and after-sales support capabilities,” says Mikhail Berdennikov, SaM146 programme director.

“It fact, we’ve tripled our production growth rate over the past three years.”