KOELN, Germany, 26 Feb. 2012. Officials of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in Koeln, Germany, awarded the agency's Type Certificate A-176 for the Superjet 100 (RRJ-95B) 100-seat passenger jetliner from Sukhoi Co. JSC in Moscow, recognizing that the Russian-made single-aisle passenger aircraft complies with European standards for safety, airworthiness, and environmental requirements.
The Sukhoi Superjet 100 is the first Russian passenger aircraft to be certified by EASA since the Agency's creation in 2003. The EASA certificate is a validation of the certificate issued in January 2011 by the Russian Interstate Aviation Committee Aviation Register (IAC AR).
The EASA Type certification is a prerequisite to the first delivery of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 to international airlines. It allows European airlines to operate the Superjet 100 aircraft -- as well as for airlines operating in countries using EASA regulations as a reference to fly the Superjet 100.
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The Sukhoi Superjet 100 is a 100-seat regional jet that Sukhoi designed in partnership with Alenia Aermacchi in Venegono Superiore, Italy. The aircraft has an operating range of nearly 1,900 miles. Six Sukhoi Superjet 100s are operating Armavia of Armenia and Aeroflot of Russia. Sukhoi officials say they compete the Superjet 100 against regional jets made by Embraer and Bombardier.
Powering the aircraft is the Powerjet SaM146 engine which received EASA certification in June 2010. Powerjet is a joint venture between NPO Saturn of Russia and Snecma of France. Main subsystems and component suppliers for the Sukhoi Superjet 100 include Thales, Liebherr, Messier-Bugatti-Dowty, Hamilton-Sundstrand and B/E Aerospace.
The Sukhoi Superjet 100 modern, fly-by-wire regional jet that first flew in May 2008, and performed its first commercial passenger flight last April. More than 300 Sukhoi Superjet 100s are on order from Armenian Armavia, Aeroflot, Russia's Avialeasing company, Swiss Ama Asset Management Advisor, and Indonesian Kartika Airlines.