EUROPE & CIS: Volga-Dnepr transports Sukhoi’s new Superjet

A Volga-Dnepr Airlines’ AN-124-100 freighter has transported the fuselage section of a Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ-100) passenger aircraft from Komsomolsk-na- Amure in Khabarovsk to Novosibirsk. The Sukhoi Superjet 100, tail number 95006, was transported to the Siberian Research Institute for tests in order to confirm the service life of the airframe – 70,000 flight hours […]


A Volga-Dnepr Airlines’ AN-124-100 freighter has transported the fuselage section of a Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ-100) passenger aircraft from Komsomolsk-na- Amure in Khabarovsk to Novosibirsk.

The Sukhoi Superjet 100, tail number 95006, was transported to the Siberian Research Institute for tests in order to confirm the service life of the airframe – 70,000 flight hours – and to perform a Technical Inspection Program to demonstrate the conformance of the aircraft’s structural components in all flight conditions.

The fuselage was loaded using the AN-124-100’s special onboard loading equipment. The aircraft was partially disassembled to fi t the freighter’s cargo hold. The aircraft body, wings and tail will be assembled in Novosibirsk at the Siberian Research Institute’s facilities.

The Snecma/NPO Saturn engine joint venture is poised to launch a series of on-wing trials of the PowerJet SaM146 in France once they are completed in Russia.

Sukhoi is bent on gaining Russian certification for the Superjet by mid-2009 and starting delivery to launch customer Aeroflot toward the end of next year.