The Indonesian airline Sky Aviation will take delivery of one Sukohoi Super Jet 100 in December 2012 following the issuance of safety certification for the aircraft by the Indonesian Minister of Transportation.
As reported by Bisnis.com, the jet is one of three Sukohoi Super Jets slated for delivery to Sky Aviation, a curtailed total from the original order of 12 aircraft.
The reduced aircraft order is widely believed to be linked to the markedly reduced ardor for the Sukihoi Super Jet 100 following the tragic crash of a jet on a demonstration joy flight in May 9, 2012. That crash into Mount Salak in West Java killed the 37 passengers and 8 crew on board the plane.
The safety certification issued by the Indonesian Ministry of Transportation clears the way for the Sukohoi’s use in scheduled air services in Indonesia.
The three aircraft were purchased by Sky Aviation under a financial lease agreement with a Russian financing agency.
A Sky Aviation spokesman admitted that the reduction from 12 to just 3 aircraft was the result of the May 2012 crash, with the possibility that the remaining 9 aircraft will be acquired later under a purchase option.
Following the delivery of the first Sukohoi in December, the second plane will arrive in February 2013 and the third in March 2013.
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