The third business version of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) aircraft landed in Bangkok, Thailand to join the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) fleet, on June 19, 2018.
The service flight from Zhukovsky in Russia to Bangkok was performed with technical landing in Islamabad, Pakistan.
The SSJ100 aircraft have been operated by the carrier since July 2016. The SSJ100 business-version delivery is being carried out as the result of the contest won by the Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) in 2014. The aircraft are being used for government and highest command transportation both within the country and abroad.
The aircraft delivered to the Royal Thai Air Force became the first business-version SSJ100 acquired by the foreign customer. Other operators of the version are: RusJet, special purpose flight detachment ‘Rossiya’ of the the Facilities and Property Management Office under President of Russian Federation, EMERCOM flight detachment, Kazakhmys Corporation and others. So currently there are 10 SSJ100 business version already under operation all over the world.
The project progress is in full swing – the aircraft is being improved continuously: it is planned to implement separate technical decisions in accordance with the requirements of the customers, such as integral airstairs, satellite communications, multimedia system and other options. The further aim to be achieved is the nonstop flight for the distance longer than 7000 km.
Sukhoi Superjet 100
Sukhoi Superjet 100 is a modern fly-by-wire (FBW) twin-engine regional jet with 8 (VIP) to 108 (all economy) passenger seats.
With development initiated in 2000, the airliner was designed and spearheaded by Sukhoi, a division of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), in co-operation with several foreign partners.
Designed to compete internationally with its An-148, Embraer E-Jet and Bombardier CSeries counterparts, the Superjet 100 claims substantially lower operating costs, at a lower purchase price of $35 million.
The final assembly of the Superjet 100 is done by Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Production Association. Its SaM-146 turbofan engines are designed and produced by PowerJet, a joint venture between Safran Aircraft Engines (previously Snecma) of France and NPO Saturn of Russia. The aircraft is marketed internationally by SuperJet International, a joint venture between Italy’s Leonardo-Finmeccanica (formerly Alenia Aermacchi) and Sukhoi Holding.
The maiden flight of the aircraft was conducted on 19 May 2008. On 21 April 2011, the Superjet 100 undertook its first commercial passenger flight, on the Armavia route from Yerevan to Moscow.