Michelin Exclusive Tyre Supplier for Sukhoi Regional Jet
Russia’s Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company has signed a contract with Michelin for the exclusive supply of radial aircraft tyres for its latest major project, the Sukhoi Superjet 100 family of regional airliners. The deal was announced at Michelin’s stand during the Farnborough Airshow 2010.
The Sukhoi Superjet first took to the air in prototype form in May 2008, fitted with Michelin’s Air-X radials. As of July 22, 2010, all three prototypes involved in certification flight tests have accumulated over 1800 flying hours, equalling about 70 per cent of the overall certification programme. Sales of the Superjet 100 are already underway and 18 aircraft are in production. The manufacturer intends to make the first deliveries to the airlines Aeroflot and Armavia by the end of 2010.