Slovenian Adria Airways Plans to Buy 12 Russian Aircrafts
Adria Airways, the leader of the Slovenian airlines, is considering to buy 12 Superjets 100 produced by the Russian aircraft manufacturer Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company. Preliminary talks between representatives of both companies will take place at the international air show in Paris.
This project could become the largest purchase of aircrafts by the Slovenian air carrier and mark the gradual curtailment of cooperation between Adria Airways and the Canadian manufacturer Bombardier in favour of the Russian manufacturer.
At the international air show in Paris, this story, which is still unconfirmed officially by the leadership of Adria Airways, will further develop. “In Paris, we will meet with representatives of Adria Airways and discuss the details of the agreement,” Vladislav Masalov, the President of Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company, said in his interview with the Exyuaviation website.
According to Masalov, the first Russian planes will arrive in Slovenia as early as next year, and the Transport Leasing Company (GTLK), which is in Russian state property, will finance the contract.
Superjet 100 can carry between 87 and 108 passengers. To date, 384 applications have been submitted for the use of this model. Airlines received 109 aircrafts. The development of this model has started more than 17 years ago, and the first test flight was carried out in 2008. The aircraft is almost 30 meters long and has two engines. The maximum flight distance is 4,500 kilometres.
The first European airline to use aircrafts produced by the Suhoj Civil Aircraft Company was the CityJet Irish operator. Now these planes are used by the Belgian Brussels Airlines.