Monday, July 21, 2008
Sukhoi Takes 49 New Orders
SuperJet International, based in Venice, Italy, is a joint venture between Alenia Aeronautica (51 percent) and Sukhoi Holding (49 percent). It is responsible for marketing, sales, customization and delivery of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 regional jet in Europe, the Americas, Oceania, Africa and Japan, as well as of worldwide post-sale support. It is also responsible for the design and development of VIP and cargo variants.
At Farnborough, the company bragged that the Superjet 100 will consume 10 percent less fuel than its nearest competitor, has a 10 percent lower overall cost of ownership and has the lowest price in its class.
SuperJet International and AMA Asset Management Advisors (Suisse) signed an agreement for the acquisition of five new Sukhoi Superjet 100 SSJ-95s aircraft for a total value of approximately $150 million. The aircraft will be delivered by SuperJet International to AMA in 2011.
AMA’s mission is to provide products and services that help customers reach their financial goals. Today AMA Group operates separate entities in Lugano, Zurich, London as well as in Milan with two separate legal entities CapitaLease SpA and CapitalServices SpA.
The company added 24 aircraft to its order book when Avialeasing signed a Heads of Agreement for the delivery of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 regional aircraft. The document was signed by Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company President Victor Soubbotin and Avialeasing’s Deputy Chair Victor Novikov, for 24 firm and 16 options for a total value of over $630 million. The firm contract is expected to be signed within six months. One of mid-term goals set up by Avialeasing is to provide Russian airlines with new aircraft.
Avialeasing belongs to a market driven group of companies Avialeasing, focused since 1996 solely on aircraft lease. The deal is managed by a subsidiary – Avialeasing – Regional Aircraft.
Test, Production Update
The Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft, powered by SaM146 engines provided by PowerJet, scored over 30 hours in-flight during the first stage of factory-based flight tests, with an average flight lasting two to four hours. The aircraft completed the first stage of flight testing just before Farnborough, said Sukhoi, which added that the second prototype has been powered, allowing for factory trials.
The test program is designed to do an in-flight evaluation of aerodynamics and general performance, while checking systems and equipment functionality at various wing control surface configurations with or without landing gear deployed. Tests have so far been at 3,000 meters altitude with max speed between 670-680 km/hr. Take off weight was between 35,000 and 40,000 kg.
Chief Test Pilot Alexander Yablontsev reported the tests have covered much of the initial in-flight program, checked engine performance as well as that of the APU, fly-by-wire and other systems. Performance was as expected in all configurations, he said, confirming earlier simulations.
“The first stage of factory-based flight test brought us the first in-flight hourly fuel consumption data,” said Soubbotin. “Its projection over the cruise mode lets us judge that the aircraft is going to consume less than 1.7 tons per hour, which justifies competitive advantages in terms of fuel efficiency declared earlier.”
He added that, while the aircraft is undergoing tests, production sites in Komsomolsk are manufacturing both prototypes and the production aircraft intended for the delivery. Aircraft number three has had fuselage and outer wing mating and already has its systems fitted. Number four’s fuselage was recently shipped to final assembly while outer wing production is in completion. In the meantime, KnAAPO is putting together center, cabin and rear sections of the fatigue test aircraft, the fifth aircraft. Set to enter service in 2009, launch customer Aeroflot recently said the first delivery of its aircraft will probably take a year’s delay. The centre section assembly of the first delivery aircraft, the seventh in succession of the SSJ100 family, began in Komsomolsk in June.
The certification flight test campaign will involve four flight aircraft; each with a specific role. Aircraft specific task defines their equipment – the first and the second flight aircraft, for instance, will not have a passenger cabin interior. They are intended primarily for evaluation of flight, take-off and landing performance, stability and controllability, as well as strength characteristics. Later, they will be employed in the most hazardous tests at high angles of attack and stall, undergo aeroelasticity and flutter safety tests.
The third and the fourth flight aircraft are intended primarily for testing avionics and the passenger cabin interior, including emergency evacuation. The same two aircraft will confirm the designed landing category and environmental noise level.
Upon completion of the factory flight test (from 10 to 40 flights depending on the aircraft), the aircraft will make over 600 certification flights at SCAC’s Zhukovsky-based flight test center.
Customer and Fleet Support
SuperJet International SpA will deliver Sukhoi Superjet 100 customer and fleet support. Customer services include:
- Spare Parts supply including AOG service
- Optional on-site spare parts lease stock
- Exchange pool for Line Replaceable Units (LRU)
- Off-wing maintenance of LRU’s, and Main Elements (Landing Gear and APU) through a “one-window” concept
- Pool of high value tools and ground support equipment (GSE)
- Engineering Support
- Technical Publications, maintained and provided via Web, on CD/DVD, and in hardcopies
- Flight operations support
- Maintainability and reliability tracking & analysis
- On-Site Support by Field Service Representatives and Mobile Repair Teams
- Account Managers, coordinating all customer issues to ensure their overall satisfaction
SuperJet International will manage all these services through its “Customer Care Center” available 24 hours, 7 days a week via a user-friendly Web-Portal, phone or email. The company also offers “Super Care Plan (SCP)”, with costs calculated on a flight-hour basis for the indicated services, selected from a menu, thus allowing the customer for guaranteed maintenance cost.
SJI’s first Training Centers Organization will be located in two sites: Moscow and Venice. The first training equipment – Flight Navigation Procedure Training device – has already been installed in SJI’s Venice Headquarters and the Training Class Room is ready. In May, SJI started its first training courses for internal staff – SSJ100 Maintenance General Familiarization. FTO (EASA) certification for the temporary Marcon training facility in Venice, is in progress.
As for SJI training facilities in Moscow, the use Sukhoi’s facilities in Zhukovsky is being considered. Both classrooms and training devices, such as Full Flight Simulators (FFS), will be installed to support training. This facility will be further used to support training needs of all customers in Russia/CIS.
SJI will initially establish two main spare parts distribution centers, one in Moscow (early 2009) and one in Сentral Europe (early 2010), followed by additional warehouses located in other countries worldwide depending on the Sukhoi Superjet 100 market. All these centers will be managed by a leading international logistics provider.
SJI is currently selecting a Logistics Provider to manage the SuperJet International warehouse network and to provide all logistics services, such as transportation and customs clearance.
SJI is committed to have the Moscow warehouse (at SVO) ready in 2009, with initial spare parts provisioning starting no later than two months prior to first SSJ100 delivery to Aeroflot.