Sukhoi sets delivery dates for first three Superjets

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Sukhoi has set the timeframe for handing over three serially-built examples of its Superjet 100 to launch customers in the first quarter of 2011.

The company says it will deliver the first twinjet, serial number 95007, to Armenian flag-carrier Armavia in February and the other two, 95008 and 95010, to Aeroflot in March.

A spokesman for Sukhoi indicates that the type is to receive certification from the CIS airworthiness authority ARMAK in 2010, which would allow both airlines to put all three aircraft into commercial service without delay.

Over the next year the manufacturer intends to supply 17 Superjet 100s. It expects to achieve break-even on the project costs in 2018 after having sold 369 aircraft.

The spokesman says the Superjet programme envisages producing 893 aircraft and yielding $5.5 billion in profits on sales revenue of $31.5 billion.