Russian certification of Superjet 100 by month end

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Russian certification of the Superjet 100 aircraft will take place before the end of January, with EASA certification expected to follow in the first half of 2011.

Speaking at Superjet International's Venice headquarters today, Sukhoi Holdings general director Mikhail Pogosyan said that by the end of 2010 it "had finalised the full scope of certification testing" and now "only the paperwork remains".

Pogosyan declines to give a firm date for Russian certification, but says it will happen this month. He is optimistic that EASA certication will be secured in the first half of this year.

Mexican carrier Interjet, which earlier ordered 15 of the type plus five options, says operation of the Superjet is dependent on EASA certification. Interjet CEO José Luis Garza says: "It is a critical factor for our project that the Superjet continues its certification in a timely fashion."

Superjet International CEO Carlo Logli tells ATI that he expects US FAA certification of the Superjet 100 to occur "a few months after" EASA certification.