Mexican Interjet to Create SSJ100 Support Centre

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The Mexican airline Interjet has announced plans to build what it calls the Sukhoi Superjet 100 Support Centre. The centre will aim to improve the service's support, as well as making it possible to produce components and develop modifications for the aircraft. According to the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade, an agreement has been signed by Kamil Gaynutdinov, the Head of Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SCAC), and Interjet’s CEO, Jose Luis Garza Alvarez.

The agreement also identifies opportunities for Interjet to cooperate with the promotion and development of sales for the Sukhoi Superjet 100. Broader cooperation between the firms includes support for training based at the SSJ 100 training centre created by Interjet in Mexico.

On April 22, SCAC and Interjet signed an agreement establishing a joint venture to sell, market, and promote the SSJ 100 and train staff for the aircraft in North, Central and South America.

In late October, Denis Manturov, the Russian Minister of Industry and Trade told reporters that, following a positive decision from their overseas partners, production of SSJ100 components in Mexico would start in 2018. “Traditionally, the launch of any aircraft component requires a whole cycle of tests. It takes at least a year. So even if our partners take this decision, production won't start any earlier than 2018,” he said.