Start-Ups Thai Kom Airlines orders six Sukhoi Superjet 100
Aircraft manufacturer Sukhoi has announced, that Thai Kom Airlines has ordered six SSJ 100 aircraft
Thai Kom Airlines and Russian aircraft manufacturer Sukhoi have firmed up the order for six Superjet 100 aircraft. The Start-Up airline is expected to begin operations later this year.
Back in December 2018, the company announced the signing of a Letter of Intent (LoI) for purchasing the six aircraft. The LoI was signed during the visit of Russia´s Minister of Industry and Trade, Denis Manturov.
The contract was signed by the two parties throughout a signing event in Bangkok, Thailand. It sees six SSJ 100 aircraft being delivered to Thai Kom between 2019 and 2020. According to current list prices, the deal is valued at approximately US$ 300 million.
In Autumn this year, Thai Kom expects to take delivery of its first SSJ aircraft. The Start-Up airline will then commence its commercial operations with flights inside the country. After successfully launching domestic operations, Thai Kom will also fly to international destinations.
The deal also includes technical maintenance of the aircraft, which will be carried out by WishV, a maintenance and repair organisation from Thailand. WishV is certified for MRO services on the SSJ aircraft and has its hangar at Utapao Rayong-Pattaya International Airport.
Thai Kom Airlines will become the second SSJ 100 operator in the country; the Royal Thai Air Force is already successfully operating three business version Superjets.
Typically, the Sukhoi SSJ 100 seats between 87 to 98 passengers in a standard configuration. The aircraft is popular with airlines that hope to enhance their regional network. The SSJ 100 performed its first flight in May 2008, and the first delivery was celebrated in 2011.
Primary customers of the aircraft are Aeroflot, Interjet, Yamal Airlines and Gazpromavia. However, Interjet is currently planning on phasing out its SSJ 100. The Mexican operator is not satisfied with the economic performance in the country.
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