Sukhoi and Ilyushin Finance have firmed up an order for 20 Superjet 100 aircraft that was first announced at the Paris air show in June.

The Ilyushin Finance order involves two contracts, Sukhoi said in a statement. The first contract with the lessor covers five Superjet 100LR aircraft with 103 seats and deliveries are set to commence at the end of 2015.

The second contract covers 15 Superjet 100s in its basic configuration, with these aircraft to be deployed with carriers in Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

"[The] Sukhoi Superjet 100 LR version differs from the Basic in several respects: it can reach 4,578km [2,470nm] and has an increased take-off weight - up to 49.45 tons compensated by the strengthened wing," says Sukhoi. "The SSJ100 LR is equipped with a PowerJet SaM146 engine with a 5% increased thrust compared to SSJ100 Basic version."

The Russian government will provide financing assistance for the deliveries.

"This support is provided by the government to banks extending credits to customers buying Russian products."

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news