Sky Aviation aims to begin Superjet services in February

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Indonesian carrier Sky Aviation plans to put its first Sukhoi Superjet into commercial operations in mid-February, using it on domestic routes to eastern Indonesia.

The first of 12 aircraft it has on order will be delivered at the end of January, and will be based in Makassar, says its marketing manager Sutito Zainudin.

He adds that the carrier is scheduled to receive five Superjets in 2013, and the remaining seven in 2014 through to 2015. The aircraft will also be used for scheduled and charter operations.

The Superjet was chosen over similar aircraft by Bombardier and Embraer because of considerations including price, range and the ability to land on shorter runways, says Zainudin.

Flightglobal's Ascend Online database shows that Sky Aviation operates five Fokker 50s, one Boeing 737-300, one Cessna 208 Grand Caravan and one Fokker 100. Its first Superjet will also bear the registration PK-BCL.