Sukhoi Civil Aircraft has decided to hire a second aircraft painting specialist, Eirtech Aviation, to ensure on-time delivery of Superjet 100s to its customers.
The company's production arm at Sukhoi's KnAAPO factory is being tasked with supplying up to 30 Superjets during this year, says director Dmitry Bloschinski, who adds: "To meet tough delivery schedules, we need to outsource painting jobs to an alternative contractor."
Painting of Superjets built for Sukhoi's customers was originally assigned to the Uyanovsk-based facility Spektr-Avia, which has performed the work since July 2011, beginning with serial number 95010.
But one of its most recently delivered aircraft, 95020, was painted in Yakutia Airlines' colours at Eirtech Aviation in Ostrava, the Czech Republic. The carrier received it on 31 January.
"From now on, we'll use both facilities for painting and choose an appropriate one depending on customer requirements," says Bolschinski. "All in all, this should allow us to cut pre-delivery time by several days, with quality and costs remaining unchanged."
At the end of last year, Sukhoi reached a production rate of two aircraft per month. "By 2014, we have to speed it up and roll out one Superjet every 10 days," adds Bolschinski.