Sky Aviation in Indonesia is conducting acceptance inspection for the first of its 12 Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft, and is expected to take delivery before year end. The Superjet and its Powerjet engines were certified by Indonesian authorities last month, clearing the way for deliveries.
The success of Superjet in Indonesia is a relief for the manufacturer after an unfortunate accident while marketing the aircraft when a pilot flew below minimum altitudes and crashed into a mountain last year. This is the Superjet 100s first deliveries into Asia, an important market for the aircraft outside of the Russian Federation.
Sky Aviation is a new entrant in Indonesia, having begun in 2010 with two Cirrus four-seat aircraft. They added Fokker 50s in 2011, expanded into international routes in 2012, added a Boeing 737-300, and will take delivery of their first Superjet in December 2012, with the remainder of their order to be delivered by 2015. Their current fleet of 8 aircraft serves 21 destinations, and they are on a high growth path.