Russia brings the Superjet to Pakistan

Published: May 9, 2012
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PRICE TAG: $31-35m is the price of a Sukhoi Superjet 100.
PHOTO: AFP

PRICE TAG: $31-35m is the price of a Sukhoi Superjet 100. PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: A Russian aircraft manufacturer is in Karachi to market the Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ-100); a narrow-bodied aircraft with a dual class cabin that can transport 100 passengers over regional routes.

Russian Consul General Andrey Demidov had called a press conference in this regard, which was addressed by the Public Relations Assistant of the Consul General Albert T Fayzullov.

The plane first touched down at the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi on May 4.

Fayzullov revealed that Air Indus – a domestic carrier about to commence operations in the coming months – is in talks with the aircraft manufacturer for three of the jets.

Each jet carries a price tag of around $31-35 million.

The plane is being marketed by Sukhoi – a major military aircraft manufacturer in Russia – in Kazakhstan, Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar.

The Russian state carrier Aeroflot has purchased over thirty aircraft for its own use from Sukhoi which claims that the Superjet 100 employs the latest technology and is safe and fuel efficient.

“The aircraft is comparable in comfort to Airbus and even Boeing,” said Fayzullov, while addressing the press conference.

Sukhoi claims that the plane has an 8-10% efficiency advantage on cash operational costs over competitors; reduced fuel burn per seat; a new engine designed especially for the SSJ 100; higher maintenance intervals; lower operation costs; spacious cabins; wide seats; and lower noise and emissions.

Fayzullov added that the plane comes at a more competitive price than similar capacity planes in the market, and that many have shown interest in purchasing the plane. Sukhoi manufactures military aircraft and is traditionally famous for its fighter jets.

The company says that it is marketing the Superjet in Pakistan and other regional countries for their emerging markets. It says the younger demographic is becoming increasingly capable of travelling by air because of improving economic conditions, which it believes will bolster demand for carriers.

Prevented from take off

The demo for the plane was, however, prevented by the Civil Aviation Authority on grounds of technical issues. Fayzullov, who covered for Demidov due to the latter’s departure following the delay, said “the plane was supposed to make demo flights … but wasn’t able to because the pilot fell ill. He was even taken to the hospital for this.”

A businessman in attendance at the press conference disputed this claim; saying that there was actually a fault with the plane due to which the CAA did not allow it to take off.

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Reader Comments (27)

  • Pakistan
    May 9, 2012 - 4:30AM

    Of course Air Indus can buy it because it is the company of Faryal Talpur (Zardari’s Sister). Who else can buy a brand new jet in Pakistan?Recommend

  • Billoo Bhaya
    May 9, 2012 - 6:25AM

    If the plane made it safely from Russia to Karachi then it can safely fly here too. For a plane that made a test flight in June 2008 and has had a good safety record since is great for $31-35 million but it depends on engine reliability as it is jointly produced in Russia on a SNECMA design. See test flight on: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oALSm6HnnrE. Ownership costs should be compared with leasing the aircraft as nothing can be said about its resale value in a thin market. Comparables are Airbus 318, Embraer195 and Bambardier CRJ series. Question is establishing a relationship with a Russian manufacturer leading to additional aircraft types including military. But there is already a diplomatic fallout between CAA and Russian Consulate. Not good signs here???

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  • Musheer
    May 9, 2012 - 8:43AM

    @Pakistan: As much as we despise the rulers, because of the looting, let’s not make random statements based on heresay & rumor. Air Indus does not belong to Faryal Talpur, it is owned by the Karakorum Group, a very financially sound business enterprise who introduced a whole range of Chinese vehicles in Pakistan well before the present government even came to power. This is the same group that bought over Naya Daur Motors, after the Tawakkuls had created a massive scam with Kia motors.

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  • JD
    May 9, 2012 - 9:40AM

    Defame PIA via mass media and many more tactics

    Bring down Bhoja

    Create anarchy in the Civil Aviation department

    Launch Faryal’s (Mr. Zd’s sister) airline.. brande new airplanes… what a strategy sir ji.

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  • wahab
    May 9, 2012 - 10:33AM

    if they r safe, they should be good for local market

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  • wahab
    May 9, 2012 - 10:41AM

    simply checking online would tell u that these planes r safe, no airline has such new planes in Pakistan!! I think indus air will soon become the best after being launched

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  • wahab
    May 9, 2012 - 10:41AM

    air indus says it will fly to skardu too! Hence finishing PIA’s monopoly in the region!

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  • Meekal Ahmed
    May 9, 2012 - 1:42PM

    @Musheer:
    Thanks for the clarification. It is good to challenge rumors.

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  • May 9, 2012 - 4:38PM
  • Ali Tanoli
    May 9, 2012 - 5:25PM

    @Wahab,
    I ts a good thing let finish the PIA monopoly and i like competition in every field.

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  • khalsa
    May 9, 2012 - 6:34PM

    all the best for russian jets. they are good but maintenance is expensive difficult and they extort when it comes to services after sales- India’s experience since inception

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  • indian
    May 9, 2012 - 8:43PM

    You guys should read this.
    A Russian Sukhoi passenger plane with 46 people on board, including businessmen and Russian envoys, has gone missing during a demonstration flight over West Java in Indonesia, officials said on Wednesday.

    http://news.yahoo.com/russian-sukhoi-plane-missing-test-flight-indonesia-113625385–finance.html

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  • Harry Stone
    May 9, 2012 - 8:45PM

    One has to hope the Russians have a backup as it seems the one on tour has fallen from the sky. I guess more reasons why PAK should buy or more to the point get it for free or with a huge discount.

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  • May 9, 2012 - 9:41PM

    Gentlemen, the news is that the Russian Aircraft Sukhoi Superjet 100 which was in Karachi a few days ago has been missing with 46 Passengers on its Flight from Jakarta and the search will continue tomorrow morning because of darkness, bad weather & mountainous area. Question is that has any Airline ordered this plane during visit to Pakistan?

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  • ausaf
    May 9, 2012 - 10:41PM

    Russian aerospace is notorious for lack of redundancy in their safety features
    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2018168778_apasindonesiarussianplane.html

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  • mza
    May 9, 2012 - 11:29PM

    and…none of you feel any confidence in Pak CAA’s technical skills when given an opportunity … they did not allow demonstration flight of this so called SuperJet 100 in Karachi citing technical issues…lso please et the specialists do their work in peace…and your own people are no less than any worldclass experts..Just get rid of the …incompetent thiefly leaders..and..the dumb topmen!

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  • Ali tanoli
    May 10, 2012 - 12:10AM

    Any thing Russian made are Trash dont buy it. the big example is indian army tank and plane
    and iraq army…

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  • Fuad
    May 10, 2012 - 12:18AM

    Now thats called a ‘near miss’. As media reports of a missing Sukhoi SuperJet near Indonesia, we should be thankful that this disaster did not happen in our country. Indus Airlines (purported owned by the house of zardari) was in talks with the manufacturers.

    @MZA is right we must give credit to CAA for having averted this embarrassment.

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  • wahab
    May 10, 2012 - 12:58AM

    lol it fell down!! I take my words back!! but it seemed safe until today!! indus Air! sorry.com for u

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  • wahab
    May 10, 2012 - 12:59AM

    @mza: totally agree with u man!! people here have been cautious after bhoja incident..thats why they didnt allow! Also PIA is still best airline in Pakistan

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  • Rust Bucket
    May 10, 2012 - 1:35AM

    Rust buckets , seriously………….

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  • pianiste
    May 10, 2012 - 10:10AM

    Hmm, Sukhoi crashed during a demo in Jakarta on May 9, 2012. Here is the link. http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/home/the-sukhoi-has-been-found/517090

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  • Faraz
    May 10, 2012 - 10:19AM

    Surprise Surprise the Russian jet Air Indus wants to buy and has placed orders for crashed in Indonesia during a flight for prospective buyers. 50 people died.

    http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/world/292667/indonesia-finds-wreckage-of-missing-russian-plane

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  • May 10, 2012 - 2:43PM

    Hasnt Zardari called to cancel the approval of Indus Air in Hamid Mir’s Interview ?

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  • sam
    May 10, 2012 - 5:28PM

    crashed in Indonesia… lucky not in Pakistan otherwise world would have blamed Pakistan for that

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  • Jawed
    May 11, 2012 - 4:37PM

    As we all jump at the very first chance to criticize CAA or any other authority on their inability its time to appreciate the Air worthiness department of CAA for picking up a fault which Indonesia’s officials failed to pick and hence saved some lives. Hats Off.

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  • May 13, 2012 - 7:43AM

    we should let them buy it only if Sukhoi agree to sell us their Air Force equipment like SU 30 etc. PAF is badly in need to some front line fighters to defend Paki

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