Lao Central Airlines first to deploy Sukhoi jet in SE Asia

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lao-central-airlines-ssj100Lao Central Airlines, the new private carrier in Laos, has been the first airline in Southeast Asia to deploy a Russian-made Sukhoi SuperJet on its routes.

The airline, launched in 2010 by Laotian banking tycoon Od Phongsavanh, currently flies the Sukhoi SuperJet SSJ100-95 on its Vientiane-Bangkok route, the only destination apart from Luang Prabang it serves from Vientiane as of now. Apart from the Russian jet, Lao central has 2 Boeing 737-400 in its 3-carrier fleet, which are both 24 years old, according to Airfleets.net.

The Sukhoi Superjet 100 is a fly-by-wire regional jet in the 75- to 95-seat category developed from 2000 and designed by the civil aircraft division of the Russian aerospace company Sukhoi in cooperation with its main partner Boeing. It aims to compete internationally in the medium-haul sector, claiming substantially lower operating costs and a low purchase price of just $35 million.

However, in its young history the Sukhoi Superjet 100 gained notoriety when a prototype plane on a demonstration flight with 37 passengers and 8 Russian crew members on board in May 2012 crashed into a mountain shortly after it took off from Jakarta airport. In July 2013, another prototype aircraft landed gear-up at the Keflavík International Airport in Iceland after the automatic landing system failed to deploy the landing gear.

So far, the Sukhoi Superjet 100 has been ordered by Russian and Central Asian airlines and by a few smaller private airlines in Europe and Central America. In Southeast Asia, Sky Aviation of Indonesia and Orient Thai Airways have ordered jets.

Lao Central has ordered a total of 3 Sukhoi Superjets 100 and has the option for 6 more.

 

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Lao Central Airlines, the new private carrier in Laos, has been the first airline in Southeast Asia to deploy a Russian-made Sukhoi SuperJet on its routes.

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lao-central-airlines-ssj100Lao Central Airlines, the new private carrier in Laos, has been the first airline in Southeast Asia to deploy a Russian-made Sukhoi SuperJet on its routes.

The airline, launched in 2010 by Laotian banking tycoon Od Phongsavanh, currently flies the Sukhoi SuperJet SSJ100-95 on its Vientiane-Bangkok route, the only destination apart from Luang Prabang it serves from Vientiane as of now. Apart from the Russian jet, Lao central has 2 Boeing 737-400 in its 3-carrier fleet, which are both 24 years old, according to Airfleets.net.

The Sukhoi Superjet 100 is a fly-by-wire regional jet in the 75- to 95-seat category developed from 2000 and designed by the civil aircraft division of the Russian aerospace company Sukhoi in cooperation with its main partner Boeing. It aims to compete internationally in the medium-haul sector, claiming substantially lower operating costs and a low purchase price of just $35 million.

However, in its young history the Sukhoi Superjet 100 gained notoriety when a prototype plane on a demonstration flight with 37 passengers and 8 Russian crew members on board in May 2012 crashed into a mountain shortly after it took off from Jakarta airport. In July 2013, another prototype aircraft landed gear-up at the Keflavík International Airport in Iceland after the automatic landing system failed to deploy the landing gear.

So far, the Sukhoi Superjet 100 has been ordered by Russian and Central Asian airlines and by a few smaller private airlines in Europe and Central America. In Southeast Asia, Sky Aviation of Indonesia and Orient Thai Airways have ordered jets.

Lao Central has ordered a total of 3 Sukhoi Superjets 100 and has the option for 6 more.

 

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