YEREVAN (Combined Sources)—Armenia’s Armavia Airlines took delivery Tuesday of the first Sukhoi Superjet 100 to roll off the production line. It made its maiden flights from Moscow to Yerevan’s Zvartnots Airport.
The aircraft was christened “Yuri Gagarin” in memory of the first cosmonaut. The Armenian carrier holds two firm orders plus two options.
“This is definitely a great milestone for the Russian aerospace industry, because this SSJ00 is in fact the first production aircraft of modern Russia, created in partnership with worldwide aerospace leaders,” said Armavia owner Mikhail Bagdasarov.
United Aircraft Corp. President and Sukhoi Holding General Director Mikhail Pogosyan added, “The delivery of the first production aircraft is the key milestone of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 Project. The event opens a new stage of the program—the beginning of commercial operation and full-scale serial production.”
The aircraft officially rolled out on Sept. 26, 2007. Armavia plans to utilize the aircraft on service to Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi and Ukraine. It operates a fleet of three Airbus A320s, three A319s, one CRJ200, one IL-86 and one YaK-42.