Sukhoi Superjet Takes Flight

Congratulations to Russian aircraft manufacturer Sukhoi. The company’s first Superjet 100 successfully flew yesterday. This is obviously a huge milestone for any aircraft program, but it must be even more exciting for these guys since this is the first Russian commercial jet program with any economic success potential in many, many years.

Sukhoi’s Director General was so happy, he, um, didn’t make any sense at all. 08_05_20 sukhoifirstflightHe said, “Today is the most important day for us – we have virtually beaten the air with our own wings.” Uh, ok. Not sure what the air did to deserve the beating, but well, whatever. I’ll just assume it’s a translation issue.

This aircraft is very interesting, and I will be curious to see if it can gain any traction outside of the Russian sphere of influence. The aircraft has had plenty of Western help in its build, but it still carries a Russian name, and that may turn some operators off.

I have to assume that the price will be right, and the aircraft economics should be quite good as well (they say). Think about it this way. This plane should compete with the Embraer E190 family of aircraft. Who would have thought 20 years ago that you’d be buying jets from Brazil?

Further reading: My previous posts on the aircraft

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Pogosyan said “today we literally got our wings.” The translation is simply bizarre. “The aircraft has had plenty of Western help in its build, but it still carries a Russian name, and that may turn some operators off.” This is not exactly analysis since your airline’s fleet planning department will not be doing anything based on the name, rather the bottom line. However, both Sukhoi and the potential Western customers are completely content to see the aircraft prove itself in the skies over the former CIS for a couple of years–one reason for that is that production rate is not… Read more »


Good for them, and I hope that the endeavor is successful. As a best-case scenario (or, at least, a very-good-case scenario), do you see this becoming a staple of the European and Asian short-haul markets (thinking airlines like Bangkok Airways and SAS), or will they be marketing actively to North America?

Claire Walter

The Director General’s statement sounds a lot like something a certain denizen of the White House migh utter.