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SINGAPORE: UAC sees room for 150 Superjets in Asia

Russian airframer United Aircraft sees a potential market for at least 150 Sukhoi Superjet 100s in the Asia-Pacific region.

The manufacturer gave the estimate ahead of the opening of the Singapore air show.

It says the Superjet 100 could take up to 15% of local market sales to 2030, in excess of 150 jets.

“The Chinese market and south-east Asia are the fastest-growing and most promising in the world,” it adds, pointing out that it expects annual average traffic growth of 6% in the region over the next 20 years.

This will make the area “one of the most intensive” for new aircraft demand, says the airframer, providing “significant potential” to United Aircraft’s civil divisions.

Superjet 100s had previously been taken up by Asian operators Sky Aviation and Lao Central Airlines, but United Aircraft acknowledged last year that it was remarketing the jets placed with the carriers.

The company has, however, been in talks to set up a new leasing operation with Chinese partners, based in Xixian, which would involve providing 100 aircraft primarily to Asian customers.

One of Russian operator Yakutia’s Superjets will be on static display during the show. United Aircraft will also be promoting its Irkut MC-21, including a flight simulator for the type.

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