Friday, January 20, 2012

Bahrain Air explores Superjet order

Bahrain Air (2B) is in talks with Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Co. (SCAC) to acquire three to five Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft.

Speaking at the Bahrain International Airshow, 2B CEO Richard Nuttall said the carrier is considering adding the aircraft, which seats 100-130 passengers, for its short-haul routes. It expects to place a firm order by the end of the first quarter and is planning for a 2014-2015 delivery.

2B is also negotiating with Bombardier for aircraft of similar size.

The carrier has a fleet of Airbus A319s and A320s, which operate 112 flights per week. It will continue using A320s on its long-haul routes.

SCAC introduced the SSJ100 in the Middle East to launch customer Armenian Armavia at the end of 2010. The Russian manufacturer forecasts it will sell around 180 SSJ100s and MS-21s in the region through 2035. SCAC said it has 168 firm orders for the SSJ100.

(Polina Borodina - ATWOnline News)

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