Aeroflot sues Sukhoi SuperJet manufacturer
Moscow Arbitration Court will begin to evaluate the claim of Aeroflot to Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SCAC) on June 6, according to the court's website. The carrier seeks RUB576 million ($10 million) for a contract dated June 2, 2011, from the manufacturer of the first Russian civil aircraft. The motives for filing a lawsuit are not specified.
According to ato.ru, 122 SSJ100 aircraft have been released by early April 2017: 65 of them are operated by Russian entities, including five flying for the government, 30 operated by foreign companies, including 22 by Mexico’s InterJet, 19 are in storage or are about to be delivered, 7 are held by SCAC itself for testing purposes, and one crashed in Indonesia in 2012. Commercial deliveries of the SSJ100 began in April 2011, the launch operator being Armenia’s Armavia. Aeroflot is the second operator.
The lawsuit relates to the delivery of the first 10 leased SSJ100, according to two unnamed industry sources quoted by Vedomosti. In 2011, a tripartite contract was signed between SCAC, Aeroflot and VEB Leasing. According to the agreement, Aeroflot was supposed to receive subsidies from the federal budget to pay lease payments for these planes, and in case the subsidies were not received, the manufacturer was supposed to reimburse them. The carrier had not received said subsidies, according to Vedomosti. SCAC allegedly agreed to include such an item in the contract because it really wanted to deliver the aircraft to Aeroflot.
Aeroflot is right now the largest operator of the SSJ100, and during the MAKS airshow in July it plans to sign an agreement for 20 more planes with SCAC. Perhaps, this lawsuit is simply a way to put pressure on the SCAC, added one interlocutor of Vedomosti.
Aeroflot had only filed a suit against SCAC once – October 2012, for RUB73.6 million ($1.3 million). The reason for the legal action was left unknown because the airline withdrew it three days later.
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