Sukhoi believes its Superjet 100 aircraft family will remain competitive despite a sharp increase in its catalogue prices.
Igor Syrtsov, Sukhoi Civil Aircraft senior vice-president customer relations, has confirmed reports that the airframer had revised list prices to bring them in line with higher production costs.
He says: "The baseline variant is now valued at $35.4 million and the extended-range version at $36.2 million. This is up from $31.7 million and $32.3 million, respectively."
Syrtsov points out that the manufacturer has not changed catalogue prices for the Superjet 100 since 2010, taking account of severe consequences of the global economic recession.
"We've hiked them as part of our catalogue revision process and in accordance with the business plan," he says, claiming that the Superjet retains a 15% competitive edge over analogous foreign regional jets in terms of list prices.
"Its operational efficiency is 8-10% higher than that of rivals, given its lower fuel burn and maintenance costs," says Syrtsov. "It also stands out from the rest of modern aircraft types in terms of built-in safeguards against human errors."