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human-machine interface, extensive situational
awareness capabilities, and comprehensive integration
with aircraft systems,” says Colin Mahoney, vice-
president of sales, marketing and support for
Rockwell Collins’ Commercial Systems unit. “ To
enhance operational efficiency, the system can offer
information-manag ement capabilities for databa se
management, aircraft maintenance and airline
The integrated flight deck features high-resolution,
15.1 -inch diagonal LCD displays, the industry’s
largest, capable of enhanced and synthetic vision .
Another all-new single-a isle jetliner entering
into ser vice this year – a lbeit a smaller model than
the CSeries and its Airbus and Boeing rivals – is
the Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100), which entered
into ser vice in April this year, with Armenia-based
Armavia , which is using the aircraft to replace Airbus
A319s on some of its routes.
The SSJ100 is a fly-by-wire regional jet designed
to accommodate 75 to 95 passengers. Development
began in 2000, with the aircraft completing its maiden
flight in May 2008. Certification was obtained from
the Russian Interstate Aviation Committee in January
this year, with European Aviation Safety Agency
(EASA) approval expected to follow.
Powered by PowerJet SaM-146 turbofans, the
SSJ100 is designed to compete with regional
jet models from Bombardier and its Brazilian
Firm orders to date number 214 from 18 customers.
Promoted internationally by marketing company
SuperJet International, the SSJ100 has already won
some export success in Asia, Europe and the USA.
In Asia , Indonesian carriers Kartika Airlines
and Sky Aviation have placed firm orders for 15
and 12 aircraft, respectively. Kartika has also taken
15 options. Bangkok-based Orient Thai Airlines
has ordered 12, with 12 options, while Laos’
Phongsavanh Airlines has three firm orders with six
options. India’s Aviote ch has signed an agreement
covering ten firm orders with another ten options
for the aircraft.
In September, the SSJ100 completed additional
certification trials to evaluate its performance at high-
a ltitude airports. Testing of prototype MSN95004
took place at Mexico’s Toluca airport, located at
2,580m above sea level, from 14-30 September.
“Extensive ground and flight tests proved the
proper functioning of the aircraft systems, equipment,
engines and APU and confirmed declared take-off
and landing performance,” Sukhoi says. A report will
be submitted to the Interstate Aviation Committee
with the aim of gaining a supplement to the SSJ100’s
existing type certificate.
“In Toluca , the SSJ100 aircraft was also shown to
the president and manag ement of Interjet Airlines
of Mexico, which ordered 15 such aircraft in January
2011,” Sukhoi says.
The SSJ100 is proving to be the most successful
commercial aircraft programme in the history of the
Russian aerospace industr y. More than 20 foreign
partner companies are involved in the project, with
France’s Snecma partnering with Russia’s NPO
Saturn to form the PowerJet engine joint venture,
while marketing company SuperJet International
is a partnership betwe en Sukhoi and Italy’s Alenia
Avionics are being supplied by France’s Thales,
while Liebherr is providing the flight control system
and Messier-Dowty, the landing gear. The auxiliary
power unit is being supplied by Honeywell and the
interior by BE Aerospace.
As of 11 October, Sukhoi said Armavia has racked
up more than 1,000 revenue flight hours with its
aircraft, carrying more than 21,000 passengers over
650,000km. Armavia operates the aircraft from
Yeravan to 27 airports in Russia, Ukraine, Georgia,
Western and Southern Europe and the Middle East.
There are currently three SSJ100s in ser vice with
Armavia and Russia’s Aeroflot.
China, too, has be en pursuing an all-ne w single-
aisle aircraft, with Commercial Aircraft Corporation
of China (COMAC) announcing during this
year’s Asian Aerospace show in March that it had
completed preliminary design of the planned 150-
seat C919 jetliner and was entering the final design
The C919 programme is on track for entry
into ser vice in 2016, the manufacturer says.
COMAC was the largest exhibitor at the Hong Kong
show, displaying models of both the new C919 and
the ARJ21 regional jet.
The C919 is the first single-aisle, medium-range
jetliner developed by the company. In November last
year at the Zhuhai Airshow, COMAC announced
combined orders for 100 of the aircraft from
China’s three biggest airlines – Air China, China
Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines. The
following month, the Civil Aviation Administration
of China (CAAC) officially accepted the company’s
application for a type certificate.
Shanghai-based COMAC says it has drawn upon the
experience of many of the world’s leading aerospace
companies to support the programme. The company
has developed partnerships with both domestic
and international aerospace suppliers, who have
been selected to provide structural components,
materials, engines and other aircraft systems.
Nine Chinese manufacturers, including Chengdu
Commercial Aircraft and Xian Aircraft Industria l
have already been contracted to supply major
structural components for the C919. A further 22
Chinese and 17 international suppliers, including
CFM International and Honeywell, have been
selected to provide systems and components.
The manufacturer said the C919 would enter its
final design-definition phase this year, laying the
foundation to proceed in 2012 with production,
testing and certification. Detailed design is to be
completed next year in the run up to the aircraft’s
first flight in 2014. Type certification is expected by
2016, followed shortly after wards by the first delivery.
Established in May 2008, COMAC says it aims “to
become a world-class manufacturer of commercial
aircraft, offering the world’s a irlines safe, economical,
comfortable and environmentally friendly modern
While neither the Russian nor Chinese
manufacturers are likely to cause Airbus or Boeing to
lose any sleep right now, it is clear that both countries’
aerospace industries have made hug e strides in the
past two de cades. With emerging markets such as
China expected to drive demand for new aircraft in
the next t wo decades, the competitive environment
for the world’s leading airframe makers may look
substantially different by 2030.
The SSJ100 is proving to be the most successful commercial aircraft
programme in the history of the Russian aerospace industry.
The Sukhoi Superjet 100 has already scored significant export success.
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