SuperJet Int'l signs support LoI with Armavia; adds Aeroplex to service network
SuperJet International (SJI) has announced the signing of a Letter of Intent (LoI) with Armenian carrier Armavia Airlines for the aftersales support of the latter's fleet of new Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft.
With this LoI, SJI and Armavia confirm their intentions to execute a “SuperCare” agreement by the end of November 2009, for a duration of five years and possibility to extend. The “SuperCare” Agreement is a comprehensive “pay-by-the-hour” programme designed to maximise aircraft availability to operators and minimise maintenance and associated administrative costs.
“We are proud to work with Armavia on this agreement which represents the launch of SuperJet International’s proprietary “SuperCare Plan,” said Giovanni Simonetti, SJI's senior vice-president of customers services.
SJI has also announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Budapest, Hungary-based Aeroplex for MRO services to support Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft. Aeroplex will join SJI’s MRO network of Authorised Service Centers to provide SSJ100 operators with heavy airframe maintenance, unscheduled maintenance services, line and base maintenance and will have field teams to provide off-site support.
“This is a further step ahead in the SJI strategy aimed at providing SSJ100 operators with the best maintenance services,” remarked Simonetti. “The strategic location of Aeroplex's Budapest facility will provide a boost to SSJ100 customers maintenance opportunities in both Europe and Russia/CIS regions.” Aeroplex is a subsidiary of Malev, which has signed an LoI for up to 30 SSJ100s.