Aeroflot signed a deal with Russian Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SCAC) for 100 new Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft.

Local media “Vedomosti” reported the potential deal on September 9, 2018, referring to “5 people, close to different transaction parties”. According to the source, order for 100 new aircraft was placed in line with new Aeroflot strategy, aimed at creating regional hubs across Russia, which was approved by the executive board of Aeroflot in June, 2018.

Aeroflot already has 49 SSJ-100’s in its fleet, expecting one more aircraft delivery by the end of 2018. SSJ-100 is not commonly used by airlines in Russia though, due to expensive replacement parts, long delivery times and all-in-all complicated repair.

The final deal was signed on September 10, 2018, in the presence of Russian president Vladimir Putin. The order for 100 new SSJ-100 aircraft is valued about $3 billion at list prices, which makes it the biggest Aeroflot deal in a decade.

AeroTime has contacted Aeroflot and Sukhoi for comment.