Revised Superjet order book reveals customer rejig

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Sukhoi has provided more clarity to the order breakdown for its Superjet 100, detailing allocations covering 182 aircraft, although some of these are early-configuration aircraft being redelivered after their spell in service with Aeroflot.

The revised list, contained in the civil aircraft division’s 2013 activity report, also confirms several customer changes.

Sukhoi has removed 30 aircraft for Indonesia’s Kartika Airlines as well as another 30 for lessor Pearl Aircraft. Nor does its list feature the six Superjets linked to Willis Lease Finance or the four originally destined for Blue Panorama.

Aeroflot and Interjet, with 30 aircraft each, are the main customers. VEB-Leasing is taking 24 on behalf of UTair and Ilyushin Finance has 20 in the backlog.

Transaero is listed as ordering 16, Indonesia’s Sky Aviation still has 12 and Russian firm Gazpromavia has 10.

Twelve others are distributed among six customers. Sberbank Leasing has three for carrier Moskovia, Lao Central Airlines has three, while both Yakutia and Centre South each have a pair. The other two are assigned to the Russian interior ministry and defence firm Rosoboronexport.

These identified customers account for a total of 154 aircraft. Another 28 are listed against “other customers” and “options” in the airframer’s activity report.

The order picture is slightly confused because some of the customers listed are not taking brand new aircraft but rather a number of the 10 early-configuration Superjets originally delivered to Aeroflot but subsequently returned to the Sukhoi pool under a swap agreement for upgraded jets.

Sukhoi delivered 21 new aircraft last year, bringing total deliveries to 38. But it puts its delivery total for 2013 at 25 because it re-counts four of the ex-Aeroflot aircraft which have been redelivered to new customers.

Global economic pressure in 2013, says Sukhoi, resulted in “limited” demand for regional jets, but that this demand will increase as the situation recovers.