MIAMI — Mexican LCC Interjet has received the first Superjet 100, at its headquarters in Toluca, Mexico the airline announced. Interjet becomes the first airline in the Western Hemisphere to take delivery of the Russian-built aircraft. The aircraft routed via KEF-YYR-BGR-TLC. The SSJ joins the airline’s 39 Airbus A320-200 already in service. The aircraft will be officially presented on August 22th to the media. The aircraft was first introduced in the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget, the largest exhibition for the global aviation industry.
As of today, Interjet begins its process of certification which, according to the Aeronautical Authorities of Mexico, requires 100 hours of flight, in order to be used for commercial flights. However, the SSJ100 has all permits required by European and U.S. authorities to fly.
Interjet is known for its high level of customer service and comfort, especially for the IFE. It made the original configuration of the aircraft that had 100 seats to be reduced to only 93 seats, with seat pitch of 34 inches (86 centimeters) of space between each row. The exclusive interior features were designed by the Italian designer Pininfarina. The seats are also able to be wider in the aircraft’s 2-2 configuration. Unusually, Interjet offers a female only lavatory and onboard cameras on the belly and other locations.
“With this new aircraft users will benefit the most, as Superjet 100’s operational efficiency makes prices more competitive,” said Interjet’s CEO, Jose Luis Garza. Interjet will use the aircraft in its regional markets. No word on whether the aircraft will serve the airline’s U.S. destinations: Miami, Las Vegas, New York JFK, and Orange County or other international destinations in countries such as Colombia, Costa Rica, and Cuba.
This is the first aircraft of 20, which will be arriving gradually to meet secondary routes operated by the airline. This far the SSJ100 has generated 234 orders with 17 deliveries with Aeroflot being the largest operating carrier thus far.
Video of the Arrival and Commercial from Interjet