Sukhoi Takes Superjet Bizjet Order

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An Indian company has placed the first major order for the business jet version of Sukhoi's new Superjet 100 regional airliner. Aviotech Corporate Jet Services signed an a agreement last week to buy 10 of the corporate variants of the 100-seat airliner. The Superjet is being developed jointly by Sukhoi and Italy's Alenia. Aviotech says the aircraft will be decked out in the finest "seven star" style and deployed according to its customers' travel requirements. Although the airline versions of the Superjet have a maximum range of about 2,800 miles, the business variants are much longer-legged.

Sukhoi is putting fuel tanks where the largely unused baggage compartments would normally be, giving the corporate jet an intercontinental 5,000-mile range. Aviotech says it will partner with hotels, resorts, clothing companies and other purveyors of luxury wares to provide a "boutique of rare exclusive and extraordinary experience." The Superjet 100 airliner is already in service in Russia. The business version was announced at EBACE earlier this year.