On February 15, 2013 in the capital of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Vientiane, the first Sukhoi Superjet 100 was officially delivered to Lao Central airline.
The aircraft with manufacturer serial number 95026 arrived from Ulianovsk (Russia) to Wattay International Airport.
“The aircraft landed on Lao soil and delivered to Lao Central has become the first Sukhoi Superjet 100 having arrived to Southeast Asia for commercial operations. We are confident that Lao Central will benefit from operations of SSJ100 along its route network while passengers will enjoy comfort of the aircraft cabin”, said SCAC President Andrey Kalinovsky.
Lao Central is planning to operate Sukhoi Superjet 100 both in domestic and international routes from Laos to Bangkok, Hanoi, Ho Chi Ming, Singapore and other destinations in Southeast Asia.
Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company and Lao Central signed a contract for delivery of three SSJ100 in March 2011 with an option for six aircraft of this type in a 93 seats two-class configuration.
In December 2012 the SSJ100 has already achieved its Type Certificate by the Laos Civil Aviation Authority, confirming compliance of the aircraft to the certification requirements of Laos and allowing the export to Laos and operation by Laos airlines without restrictions.
The SSJ100 is a 100 seat regional jet designed, developed and built by Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC), in partnership with Alenia Aermacchi, a Finmeccanica Company. On May 19th 2008 SSJ100 successfully accomplished its first flight. The Sukhoi Superjet 100 cruises at a Maximum Operating Speed of Mach 0.81 and 40,000 feet. It takes off from a 1,731 meters runway in the basic range and 2,052 meters in the long range. The operating range for the basic version is 3,048 km and 4,578 km for the long range version.
Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC). The Company’s shareholders are the Sukhoi Holding owing 75% – 1 share and the Italian Alenia Aermacchi, a Finmeccanica Company, holding 25% + 1 share since April 7, 2009. Sukhoi Civil Aircraft was founded in 2000 to develop new regional aircraft projects. SCAC is in charge of the aircraft production. The company is also responsible for SSJ100 sales in Russia, the CIS, China, India, Middle East and Southeast Asia. Headquartered in Moscow, SCAC has several production branches seated in Russian cities of Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Novosibirsk and Voronezh.