Russian carrier Yakutia has signed a preliminary pact to acquire additional Sukhoi Superjet 100s as part of a fleet modernisation.

The airline had previously disclosed its intention to take five – and up to 10 – Irkut MC-21s, during the MAKS Moscow air show.

Yakutia is planning to lease 10 Superjets over the period of 2020-21, in order to develop a base at Khabarovsk airport and a network to destinations in China, Korea and Japan, says the regional Sakha government.

The fleet modernisation is important to the strategy of attracting tourism to the region, says Sakha first deputy prime minister Andrei Fedotov.

Yakutia already operates Superjet 100s as part of a fleet which includes Boeing 737s and Bombardier turboprops.

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