Bangkok, Thailand, August, 31st 2016, – Sukhoi Business Jets (SBJ) have entered service with the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF). The two aircraft were delivered in July 2016 to provide VIP transportation to Thailand top officials and governmental leaders, as well as to the High Command of Thailand. The SBJs are the first business jets acquired by an overseas customer.
Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha took part in the In-Service Ceremony for two Sukhoi Business Jets (SBJ) held at the Royal Thai Air Force base in Don Mueang, Bangkok. Participation of the Prime Minister makes a huge contribution to the development of the Russian-Thai relations in the sphere of aviation and strengthens the basis for future co-operation.
Sukhoi Civil Aircraft will support RTAF fleet to ensure smooth operation and maintenance of SBJs to the highest benefit of RTAF mission. Aftersales support is now being implemented on a direct basis, as well as through the arrangements made with a Thailand partner company. This includes training, spare parts delivery and maintenance services.
The aircraft were delivered to RTAF in July and August 2016 under a bidding procurement process awarded to SCAC in 2014. The procurement program was successfully managed as planned and the aircraft were delivered on time.
SBJ version for RTAF fleet has three areas forming three levels of comfort compartments: 4-seat VIP area, 6-seat business class area, and passenger compartment accommodating 50 people. The aircraft are equipped with advanced passenger comfort systems, including various communication facilities and Inflight-Entertainment multimedia system.
SBJ flight range is more than 4500 km. The aircraft, including the interior, were produced and assembled in Russia.
About Sukhoi Business Jet (SBJ)
Sukhoi Business Jet is a business aviation jet in the family of new-generation aircraft developed and manufactured by JSC Sukhoi Civil Aircraft supported by Leonardo-Finmeccanica Company. It was designed using advanced aerodynamics, power unit and avionics technologies that ensure operations efficiency and passenger comfort. SBJ is meant for short-range and medium-range air transport services. There are certification works being currently carried out. Such certification will allow passenger transportation up to a distance of 6000 km. The aircraft has EASA and the Aviation Register of the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC AR) certificates.
About Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC)
Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) was founded in 2000. The main project of the Company is Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft. The Company is responsible for development, certification, production and marketing of Sukhoi Superjet 100. Headquartered in Moscow, the Company has a production branch in Komsomolsk-on-Amur city. The shareholders of Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company are Sukhoi Holding (a UAC Company) and the Italian Leonardo-Finmeccanica Company since 2009.
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