In January 2007, the first prototype of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 regional airliner will arrive to the TsAGI Aerohydrodynamic Research Institute in Zhukovsky, near Moscow, for ground tests. Its assembling is nearing the end.
"Its static tests will start at TsAGI in January," said Mikhail Pogosyan, director general of the Sukhoi Holding Company. In his words the first flight prototype of the Superjet 100 is to be completed and make its maiden flight in 2007. "Everything is proceeding on schedule. A total of four prototypes will be built for flight tests. We hope to complete the flight test program within a mere year", Pogosyan said.
Russia's NPO Saturn and France's Snecma are developing the S??146 engine for the airliner strictly according to schedule as well. A second prototype engine has now begun its bench tests.
In November 2008, the first Superjet 100 will be delivered to Aeroflot - Russian Airlines, the country's number one carrier. The Superjet 100 program has been included into the Development of Russia's Aircraft in 2002-2010 and Beyond 2015 federal program that envisages government financial support. Demand for the Superjet 100 airliners on international and domestic routes is predicted at approximately 800 planes through 2010. The domestic carriers may expectedly buy more than 150 such planes till 2010.
Source: New Sukhoi Superjet 100 regional jet will start its tests at Zhukovsky in January 2007
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