This morning SuperJet proudly announced that “Aeroflot signed the Acceptance Act for the third deliverable Sukhoi Superjet 100 SN 95011. The aircraft received the name after the famous Aeroflot’s pilot Ivan Orlovtsev and the tail number RA-89003. The document, signed by the parties, states that the aircraft is technically sound, fully meets the performance criteria without any operational limitations. The Acceptance Act also confirms that SSJ100 is transferred to the carrier with a full set of required operational and maintenance documentation.”
Note the words “…the aircraft is technically sound, fully meets the performance criteria without any operational limitations.” Is this marketing talk or real? Given the way new aircraft are delivered these days, overweight and late, it is not an unreasonable question. Moreover Aeroflot and other Russian airlines have had to suffer with sub-par performing airplanes coming from local design houses for years.
We are betting the SSJ is as described in the PR. Aeroflot does not need to accept an airplane that will not deliver what it is supposed to. Gone are the days when Russian airlines can only buy local. Although Mr Putin has put Russian airlines under pressure to buy local, the SSJ appears to offer a highly credible option in its class. Besides it is a lot cheaper than competitors.