Peruvian Airlines Wants to Buy Sukhoi Passenger Jets


Russia’s Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SCA) and Peruvian Airlines signed an agreement of intent to purchase 10 SSJ-100 and 10 MC-21 passenger jets, RIA news agency reported on Monday.

Documents were signed at a ceremony attended by GSS President Alexander Rubtsov and founder and shareholder of Peruvian Airlines Cesar Catano.

Peruvian Airlines plans to set up a subsidiary to operate SSJ-100 passenger jets, Chief Executive of the airline Cesar Catano told the news agency.

“It will be a subsidiary named Aero Peru,” Catano said. “We plan to establish it in the 2020s,” he added.

In April, Two Iranian airlines signed deals to buy 40 passenger planes from the Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company. Aseman Airlines has agreed to buy 20 SSJ-100 planes while Iran Air Tours, a subsidiary of national carrier Iran Air, has also ordered 20 of the planes. With an average list price of $50.5m each, the orders have a total value of just over $2 billion, Forbes reported at the time.

The SuperJet is a 100-seat regional aircraft designed and built by Sukhoi in partnership with Italy’s Finmeccanica-Alenia Aermacch. The first flight by the plane was conducted in May 2008. The latest version has an operating range of just over 4,500 km, placing much of Europe, north and east Africa and south and central Asia within range of flights from Tehran.

The signing of the memorandums suggest that a recent marketing push by the Russian firm was a success. A Sukhoi Superjet 100 visited Tehran’s Mehrabad International airport in February in an attempt by the company to secure orders for its jet.