SSJ flew past Italy
Alitalia has decided not to buy Russian planes
Alitalia has decided not to buy Russian regional planes Sukhoi Superjet (SSJ), in development and promotion of which involved the Italian Alenia Aeronautica, instead of them taking 20 Brazilian Embraer. The main reason was the failure of the timing of the operation of SSJ. The refusal has drawn sharp criticism in Italy. But in the JSC "Sukhoi Civil Aircraft" promise in early 2011 to compensate for the loss of a similar contract with another airline.
On Friday, the head of Alitalia Rocco Sabelli said the company has abandoned plans to acquire Russian SSJ 100. Instead, it will lease 20 new aircraft Brazilian concern Embraer. "The main problem is that the Sukhoi is not flying," - said Rocco Sabelli, who was quoted by Reuters. He added that the airline could not postpone a decision on the choice of the provider of aircraft. "Certainly, we would like to choose SSJ, since its creation involved the Italian manufacturers, but it seems to us that his delivery is not consistent with those we have time" - added a top manager, noting that the delivery of Embraer is scheduled for 2011-2012. The cost of lost Russia contract valued at $ 500 million
Start of commercial operation of SSJ, indeed, have often tolerated. But in the UAB GSS surprised by Alitalia, arguing that the "willing to put these aircraft into the company possible." In the GSS was assured that the type certificate SSJ get to the end of the year and first customer - "Aeroflot" and "Armavia" - put the aircraft in operation in the first quarter of 2011.
SSJ - regional aircraft with a capacity of 75-95 people. Developer and manufacturer of a company GEO. Assembly of aircraft is carried out in Komsomolsk-on-Amur. Promoting the aircraft to overseas markets and after-sales service the company does SuperJet International (51% owned by Alenia Aeronautica, 49% - Concern Sukhoi). Now signed contracts to supply solid 150 aircraft.
The fact that Alitalia holds a tender to upgrade the regional aircraft fleet, it became known in October. In addition to the tender SSJ participated Canadian concern Bombardier aircraft with CRJ900/1000 and Brazilian Embraer with the E190. A source in the GCC states that the SSJ were good chances - the plane flew at a presentation in Rome, where he received positive feedback from company representatives. In early December, President Dmitry Medvedev, along with Russian and Italian prime ministers examined at the Sochi airport is one of the SSJ, after which Vladimir Putin has said that Italy was ready to buy from Russia, "a sufficiently large number SSJ". In addition, almost 10% of components for the SSJ is made in Italy, which, according to the representative of GSS, was supposed to be an added advantage. "But in the end no SSJ, not Bombardier, of components for aircraft which is also produced in Italy, did not win," - emphasizes the interlocutor of Kommersant.
Alitalia denial of SSJ drew criticism in the country itself. President of the Italian certification agency ENAC Vittorio Ridge said that Alitalia has missed a "huge opportunity to reach out to the Italian industry, the agency ASCA. In Alenia Aeronautica also said that industry and socio-economic system of the country would only benefit from the choice of SSJ. "This would provide a good return on investment and growth in the number of regions affected by the economic crisis", - explained in the company.
Program SSJ defeat in the Italian bid would cause substantial damage, says the editor of Air Transport Review "Alex Sinitsky. "Certainly it is unpleasant, but also major manufacturers customers come and go, breaking even hard contracts," - says the expert. A source in the GCC adds that in mid-January 2011 the company will receive a firm order, a comparable volume to that which would conclude with Alitalia.