Sukhoi has secured another tentative customer for its Superjet 100 after a start-up Lao carrier, identified as Phongsavanh Airlines, signed for up to nine of the type.

The airline has signed a memorandum of understanding for three firm aircraft and six options.

Sukhoi says the deliveries would be scheduled for 2012 if the order is finalised. It values the potential order at $95 million at catalogue prices.

"I'm sure that with the Superjet 100's vast operational flexibility it will become the best tool for our growth-driven strategy," says the Lao carrier's owner, Od Phongsavangh, who is also chairman of Phongsavangh Bank.

Sukhoi has yet to certify the PowerJet SaM146-powered Superjet, which has logged some 1,700hr of flight testing.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news