The tenth Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft in the extended configuration was transferred to Aeroflot on June 26, 2014. Thus, Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) has completed the process of replacing the “Light” configuration aircraft with the “Full” version in the fleet of this airline.
SCAC will continue to supply Sukhoi Superjet 100 as part of the signed delivery contract for 30 aircraft of this type. It is expected that 8 more SSJ100 aircraft will be delivered to Aeroflot by the end of 2014.
SSJ100 with the tail number RA-89027, transferred to Aeroflot, is named in honor of the hero of the Soviet Union, Honored Pilot of the USSR, participant of World War II – Vasiliy Borisov.
Presently, Aeroflot is the largest operator of Sukhoi Superjet 100. Since the beginning of operation by the airline, ten aircraft of this type have performed more than 20 000 commercial flights with the total duration of more than 30 000 flight hours.
Currently, the airline carries out flights on Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft to several dozen of directions, to the cities in Russia, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Croatia, Romania, Latvia, Estonia, Ukraine and Belarus. SSJ100 is delivered to the Airline in 87 seats arrangement: 12 business and 75 economy class.
Today the Light version aircraft, previously removed from Aeroflot fleet, have been successfully operated by other Russian airlines. They perform both regular and charter flights on routes to the cities in Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Montenegro, Turkey, Kazakhstan and also the Middle East.
About replacement of SSJ100 “Light” to “Full”
In 2005, Aeroflot and SCAC signed a contract for delivery of 30 Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft in standard specification – single class arrangement for 98 passenger seats. Later, the airline decided to improve the aircraft specifications including the arrangement, passenger cabin equipment, and avionics.
Some changes requested by Aeroflot required further aircraft modifications. In order to avoid delivery delays, the parties agreed that the first 10 SSJ100 would be delivered to Aeroflot in “Light” specification and later replaced by aircraft in “Full” contract specification.
“Full” and “Light” specifications differ in several respects. The “Full” specification aircraft includes an upgraded Flight Management System (FMS) and a weather radar equipped with a wind direction detection function. Further, the “Full” specification features additional video control cameras, separate lighting controls for both economy and business class and an additional working position for a flight attendant at the wall of option galley at the back of the aircraft. Individual gaspers over each passenger seat were also installed, thus improving passenger comfort. The “Full” aircraft is equipped with three lavatories with diaper boards, and each three-seat-block in the cabin has an additional oxygen mask. Instead of three galleys, the aircraft contains four, one of which is equipped with two ovens. There is additional space to fit a flight baby cot.