Sukhoi announced it intends deliver the first SuperJet100 to Armavia this week (Reuters, 18-Apr-2011). The manufacturer plans to deliver 13 SSJ100s this year: two to Armavia and 11 to Aeroflot. Sukhoi has orders for 170 aircraft. The aircraft is more than two years behind schedule and is the first new commercial aircraft to be developed in Russia since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The aircraft was co-developed with Italian firm Alenia Aeronautica. Initial deliveries had been scheduled for the end of 2008. Aeroflot announced late last week that it is preparing proposals for compensation over the delays.
First SuperJet 100 due to be delivered this week
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