UAC lays out Superjet delivery schedule

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Russia's United Aircraft has confirmed delivery schedule for Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft this year, with 10 going to current operators and another 10 bound for foreign customers.

UAC president Mikhail Pogosyan said Sukhoi and its Italian joint venture partner Superjet International would supply four aircraft to Mexican carrier Interjet, as well as three apiece to Lao Central Airlines and Indonesia's Sky Aviation, in the second half.

Aeroflot and Armavia will also receive 10 more between them. Aeroflot has five in service, and Armavia a single airframe.

Programme director Vladimir Prisyazhnyuk said it would start trial flights of the Superjet's extended-range prototype at the beginning of 2013. "They will take three to four months. After completing them, we'll start delivering these variants to customers," he added.

European Aviation Safety Agency director Patrick Goudou today handed over the type certificate for the Superjet 100 to Pogosyan in Moscow.