Russia's Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Yuri Slyusar is seeking opportunities to sell the Russian-made Sukhoi Superjet 100 airplanes to Vietnamese air carriers, news website VnExpress reported.
Slyusar, who is also CEO of Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), is among the Russian delegation led by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in an April 5-7 visit to Vietnam.
In the last two days he met with representatives from Vietnam Airlines and VietJet Air and introduced the Superjet 100, which is being used by Russian top leaders during the visit.
Slyusar told the press the Superjet 100 is quite suitable for the condition of Vietnam with short and medium-haul flights, and it can help save 10 percent of fuel compared to other jets.
Apart from seeking sale contracts, UAC is also considering to open in Vietnam an aircraft maintenance center for the whole Southeast Asian region, he said. The move aims to expand UAC’s operation in emerging markets in order to increase the percentage of its revenue from civil aviation service from 20 percent to 50 percent in the coming years.
Designed to compete internationally with its An-158, Embraer and Bombardier counterparts, the Superjet 100 claims substantially lower operating costs, at a lower purchase price of US$35 million.
In April 2011, the Superjet 100 undertook its first commercial passenger flight, on the Armavia route from Yerevan to Moscow.