By Victoria Moores Aug 16, 2016
EASA has certified the Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100 to operate into airports with runways as narrow as 30 m (98 ft.) wide.
The approval was triggered by a request from Irish regional airline CityJet, which became the European launch operator for the SSJ100 in June 2016.
Sukhoi Civil Aircraft president Ilya Tarasenko said the certification forms part of a strategy to expand the operating capabilities of the twinjet.
As part of this push, Sukhoi is also working to secure steep-approach certification into London City airport by December 2017.
“This approach mode will be guaranteed by wing-flap system modernization and flight management system and avionics improvement,” Sukhoi said. “Flight tests are to be started in the summer of 2017.”
Dublin-based CityJet, which is a key operator at London City, is taking 15 SSJ100s and has options on another 16.
Sukhoi is also developing horizontal winglets for the SSJ100 as a further performance improvement, which should be available from 2018.
16 Aug 2016 23:30
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