Russia’s Kuban plans to buy 12 Superjet 100s

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Published: August 23, 2011

Sukhoi Superjet 100. Photo: Courtesy, Sukhoi

Kuban Airlines announced it signed a Letter of Intent with Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Co. (SCAC) for 12 Sukhoi Superjet 100/95Bs. The order, announced during the MAKS Air Show in Russia last week, is valued at $ 380.4 million at list prices. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2012.

“Active expansion of our popular regional route network in the South of Russia is a key element of the development strategy of Kuban Airlines. The agreement provides us with new opportunities to complete the task in the most effective way,” Kuban Airlines chairman Denis Ilyin said.

Kuban Airlines, which is part of the Aviation Business of Basic Element Group, is based at Krasnodar International in southern Russia and operates scheduled and charter flights to more than 30 destinations in Russia, CIS,Europe and the Middle East. It owns 12 Yakolev Yak-42 aircraft and last year acquired four Boeing 737-300 aircraft. It intends to phase out all its Yak-42s by 2016. The airline carried 666,454 passengers in 2010, up 21.71% on 2009.

Last week, Gazprom komplekt firmed an agreement of intent for 10 SuperJet 100/95LRs (ATW Daily News, Aug. 18).

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