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Monday, November 3, 2008

Buckley Joins SuperJet

After a brief hiatus, John Buckley, who left ATR in August, emerged at last week’s Regional Airline Association meeting as the first U.S. sales and marketing representative for the Sukhoi SuperJet 100. Buckley, vice president business development, will develop the company’s U.S. office and, as with Mitsubishi hiring Saab for worldwide product support, gives new credibility to the Sukhoi 100-seat aircraft that is due on the market at the end of next year when is expected to gain Russian certification.Boeing has long been a participant in the program.
Lead customer Aeroflot will receive the first aircraft followed by Alitalia regional airline partner Itali Airlines, which has ordered 10 aircraft once it receives its Western certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency in 2010. Related Story
Buckley’s new offices, scheduled to be set up by January, will be co-located with Sukhoi partner Alenia Aeronautics which owns 51 percent of the joint venture at 1625 Eye Street in Washington, DC. He will be joined by Airbus veteran Patrick Sullivan who will develop the technical and product support for the North American market and prepare for U.S. certification. Buckley is hopeful of signing a U.S. customer so that certification in Europe and the U.S. can be done simultaneously.

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