Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) has signed a memorandum of understanding for a new MRO joint venture with Slovenia’s Adria Airways that will service Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) aircraft from a base at Ljubljana Airport.
The agreement, announced Monday (Nov. 26), coincided with both parties penning a letter of intent which will see 15 SSJ100s delivered into Adria’s fleet from the beginning of 2019. All aircraft will be delivered on a long-term lease arrangement.
Alexander Rubtsov, president of SCAC, said the arrangement will bring structure to the aftermarket setup of the SSJ100. stated: “We realize that the SSJ100 after-sales support at the entry to the European market should be organized profoundly and professionally,” he said. Rubtsov added that the aftermarket services platform for the SSJ100 will secure the operational reliability of the program in Europe.
Since entering service in 2011, the majority of SSJ100 aircraft operators are based in Russia and Eastern Europe. According to Aviation Week’s 2019 Fleet & MRO Forecast data, 137 of the 197 in-service across worldwide are operating in the Eastern Europe region.
By 2028, Aviation Week estimates it will grow to more than 500 aircraft, representing a fleet growth of 12.7%.