2016 Event Review

Royal Thai Air Force Takes Delivery of Sukhoi Business Jet, July 15,  2016 
Location: Marco Polo Airport, Hangar D, Venice, Italy
Admission: By invitation only
Parking: N/A
Value:: Outstanding
Rating out of 10: Not an air show
 

The RTAF emblem on the Superjet 100

Venice, 15 July 2016 – JSC Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SCAC) held a roll-out ceremony of two Sukhoi Business Jet (SBJ) aircraft built for Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF). The aircraft will be providing VIP transportation services for Thai top officials and government leaders as well as to the High Command of Thailand. The two SBJs are the company's first business jets acquired by an overseas customer.

Air Chief Marshal Treetod Sonjance, Commander-in-Chief of The Royal Thai Air Force, Ilya Tarasenko, President of SCAC, Nazario Cauceglia, CEO of SuperJet International and Marc Sorel, CEO and Chairman of PowerJet, took part in the official ceremony celebrating the aircraft roll-out and acquisition.

The version of the SBJ designed for RTAF has three sections differing in comfort level: a 4-seat VIP area, a 6-seat business class area, and a passenger compartment for 50 people. The aircraft ensure maximum passenger comfort, including communication and In flight-Entertainment systems.
The SBJ's flight range is over 4500 km. The aircraft, including the interior, were assembled in Russia. In-service maintenance support for the RTAF jets will be provided in Thailand. The aircraft are delivered to RTAF as part of the bidding and procurement process for which SCAC was awarded a contract in 2014.

About Sukhoi Business Jet (SBJ)

Sukhoi Business Jet is a business aviation jet in the family of new-generation aircraft developed and manufactured by JSC Sukhoi Civil Aircraft supported by Leonardo-Finmeccanica Company. It was designed using advanced aerodynamics, power unit and avionics technologies that ensure operations efficiency and passenger comfort. SBJ is meant for short-range and medium-range air transport services. There are certification works being currently carried out. Such certification will allow passenger transportation up to a distance of 6000 km. The aircraft has EASA and the Aviation Register of the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC AR) certificates.

About Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC)

Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) was founded in 2000. The main project of the Company is Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft. The Company is responsible for development, certification, production and marketing of Sukhoi Superjet 100. Headquartered in Moscow, the Company has a production branch in Komsomolsk-on-Amur city. The shareholders of Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company are Sukhoi Holding (a UAC Company) and the Italian Leonardo-Finmeccanica Company since 2009.

The Roll Out Ceremony was quite interesting, when the invited media arrived at 9:30 am, we were checked in and our badges were issued.

The actual ceremony started around 10 am with a short video about the manufacturing of the SJ100 for the RTAF. After the short video the President of JSC "Sukhoi Civil Aircraft" Mr. I.S.Tarasenko, welcomed and thanked the audience and the participants of the project in Russian, English translation was provided simultaneously. Additional speeches were given by Tritoda Sonyansa, Commander in Chief, RTAF, V.E. Masalov, Vice President of UAC, Nazario Cauceglia, CEO of SJI and Marc Sorel, CEO and Chairman of PowerJet. There were the usual ribbon cutting and presentation of a rather large (symbolic - as no keys required to start the aircraft) ignition key to the aircraft. After that the VIPs were invited to tour the aircraft, along with the future RTAF pilots of these aircraft who were in Venice for the required training.

The RTAF did not allowed any media on the aircraft or to take images of the interior. The interior images shown were provided by SuperJet International. After the interior inspection Mr. Tarasenko was available for interviews. During the event a light buffet with wine and non-alcoholic drinks were available. The official event concluded just after noon.

The visiting media then was invited to join the SJI Media/Press Officers for a lunch at Antica Fenice, restaurant that served fabulous Italian food.

I would like to thank the staff Superjet International for their warm hospitality and all of their support during our visit, in particular

Anastasia Gordeeva, Head of Press Service, and Alexandr Yarovoy Head of PR, Varvara Inozemtseva Head of representative office of Intelligence PR firm in Italy, who made my visit possible and Alessio Cortivo of VIP Service, for making this event a memorable one.

 
Report and photography by Laszlo Nyary, Editor of The Aviation Magazine unless note otherwise.

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