Industry Sukhoi celebrates 15th anniversary of its SSJ100 production facility

Russian aircraft manufacturer Sukhoi has celebrated the 15th anniversary of its SSJ100 SuperJet aircraft production facility.

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On February 1st, 2020, the production site turned 15. An official ceremony was held to celebrate this huge milestone for the company. During the festivities, a jubilee SSJ100 aircraft was handed over to the Flight Test Centre. This aircraft represents the start of the third hundred of jets produced by the company.

Two engineers and one technician were awarded with certificates of appreciation by the Ministry of Industry and Trade. Without the work of the whole team, the SSJ100 would have never made it this far.

Ravil Khakimov, SCAC’s Director General explained: “We have put state-of-the-art technologies in Superjet 100, not only concerning aerodynamics, airframe design and systems structure, but also with regard to production. At present, SSJ100 aircraft are operated by airlines and various agencies within the Russian Federation and internationally. As of yet, Superjet 100 is the only brand-new Russian passenger jet produced domestically and certified in our country and abroad.”

Sergey Denisenko, Minister of Industry of the Khabarovsk Krai added: “Komsomolsk-on-Amur Branch is Russia’s unique production facility. The principles of quick improvements are implied here. KnAF is one of the largest and the most advanced machine-building enterprises in the Khabarovsk Krai.”

KnAF Director Andrey Soynov said: “Nowadays one third of all globally-produced 100-seaters are manufactured in Komsomolsk-on-Amur. For our employees, we’ve made habitual a lot of best practices in the sphere of production – Kaizen culture, Kanban and QPDCA methodology, and the Gemba principle. We value commitment of each employee to his work.”

The SSJ100 SuperJet was Russia´s answer to the popular Airbus A320neo and Boeing 737 MAX aircraft families. The aircraft is being assembled in Russia and most of the parts are manufactured in-country, too. Around 100 passengers can be accommodated on board.

Back in 2008, Sukhoi celebrated the first flight of the SSJ100. Three years later, in April 2011 Armavia introduced the aircraft to the market. Since then, Sukhoi has produced more than 170 airframes. Main operators are Aeroflot, Yamal Airlines, Azimuth and Gazpromavia.

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