Adria Airways will take delivery of its first of fifteen Superjet 100 aircraft from Russia’s Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) in April 2019. On 26 November, SCAC and Adria Airways signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for 15 SSJ100. “The aircraft will be handed over under a long-term lease arrangement. In addition, both Parties signed Memorandum of Understanding upon establishing an SSJ100 Maintenance and Repair Organization (MRO) at Ljubljana Airport (Slovenia).”
The JSC “Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company” President Alexander Rubtsov, the CEO of Adria Airways Holger Kowarsch and AA Aviation’s Managing Director Dr. Martin Vorderwulbecke indicated that the agreements signed opened a new chapter towards a strategic relationship between the Parties.
“It is our pleasure to partner with JSC “Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company”. They will totally support Adria development strategy. During the past two years we were analysing the SSJ100 type and came to the conclusion that all the technical and operational characteristics of this aircraft would suit best for our strategic goals,” said Holger Kowarsch. He also added that SSJ100 operation would allow to offer more of the current CRJ and Airbus aircraft for ACMI service.
The JSC “Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company” President Alexander Rubtsov stated: “We realize that the SSJ100 after-sales support at the entry to the European market should be organized profoundly and professionally. Together with the Adria Airways we will create a joint maintenance and repair organization for SSJ100 at the Ljubljana Airport. That service platform will secure the operational reliability of SSJ100 aircraft in Europe.”