Mexican low-cost carrier Interjet plans to deploy the fleet of Sukhoi Superjet 100 regional jets it has just ordered on thinner domestic routes and some cross-border services.

Most of the aircraft will be used to operate "less dense" domestic routes, but some will be designated for international services such as Cancun to Miami and Cuba.

Interjet chief executive José Luis Garza says the Superjet 100 was selected because it scored highly on a number of criteria that the carrier had set out in its regional jet wishlist. These criteria included a strong operational performance in high altitude locations because, as Garza explains, Mexico City is at an altitude of 7,900ft (2,400m).

InterJet Sukhoi SuperJet
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Garza highly rates the quality of the aircraft: "On a typical regional jet you have to degrade the quality, but with this [Superjet 100] we believe the quality standard is very close to an Airbus A320."

Interjet will start taking delivery of its Superjets in the second half of 2012 and deliveries are scheduled to run until 2014. The carrier has signed a firm agreement for 15 of the jets plus five options.

Source: Flight International