SuperJet International and Hungarian national carrier Malev signed a Letter of Intent for the purchase of thirty Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft. The L.o.I. has been [signed] today at the Paris Air Show, by Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of Malév Hungarian Airlines and Alessandro Franzoni, Chief Executive Officer of SuperJet International.
The agreement has a potential value of up to 1 Billion US$ (around 710 Million Euro). Malév is planning to buy Sukhoi Superjet 100s (SSJ100/95) in the 98 seats configuration. The first aircraft will join Malev fleet starting from 2011 with the delivery of six aircraft per year. “The new Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft characteristics to fly both regional and medium-haul routes, is perfectly matching Malév’s network” said Martin Gauss, CEO of Malev. “In its revised, long-term fleet restructuring programme Malév forecasts that the airline will register growth in the next decade and it will require more aircraft than at present”. “This announcement is of particular value since it is made during the first international appearance in flight of the SSJ100 at le Bourget” said Alessandro Franzoni, Chief Executive Officer of SuperJet International. “The execution of this Agreement with a primary and valuable European airline like Malev demonstrates the interest and the confidence that Customers are showing for the SSJ100. Once in operation, airlines will appreciate the great value granted by the SSJ100 in terms of performance, fuel consumption and environmental impact. Moreover, this achievement confirms the value of SuperJet International’ strategy, focused on Customers “super care”, from contract negotiation to continuous after sale support”.