Оn May 25, 2015 Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company delivered the twentieth Sukhoi Superjet 100 to Aeroflot. The aircraft with the tail number RA – 89051 was named after the pilot of World War II and Hero of the Soviet Union – Boris Lakhtin.
Earlier, on April 16, 2015, nineteenth SSJ100 was also delivered to the airline. The aircraft operated a ferry flight from the Delivery Center of Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company to its base site in Sheremetyevo International Airport. It was named in honor of the famous Russian pilot Mikhail Efimov.
The Sukhoi Superjet 100 for the Russian national carrier features 87 seats in a two-class configuration.
Sukhoi Civil Aircraft and Aeroflot signed a contract for 30 SSJ100. In January 2015 the Companies signed an agreement on delivery of additional 20 aircraft. Thus, by 2017 the fleet of the leading Russian airline may have 50 SSJ100 aircraft of that type in total.
«This particular aircraft completes the delivery of the second ten of the SSJ 100 to our launch customer. It is expected that by the end of 2015 Aeroflot will receive eight more aircraft of this type. Since the beginning of our cooperation, we have done a great work to put aircraft into operation, and I have no doubt that new aircraft will contribute to the further prosperity of the airline, developing its regional routes», – said SCAC President Mr. Ilya Tarasenko.
Since the entry into service of the first Aeroflot SSJ100 the airline has operated more than 45 000 hours by this type of aircraft. Currently the airline carries out flights on the Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft to the cities in Russia, Belarus, Germany, Lithuania, Croatia, Romania, Latvia, Estonia and Ukraine.