Russia's Sukhoi Superjet 100 to make first passenger flight on April 12

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Russia's Sukhoi Superjet 100 passenger airliner will carry out its first passenger flight from Armenia's capital of Yerevan to Moscow on April 12, officials in Russia's Far Eastern Khabarovsk Territory said on Wednesday.

Russia's Sukhoi Superjet 100 passenger airliner will carry out its first passenger flight from Armenia's capital of Yerevan to Moscow on April 12, officials in Russia's Far Eastern Khabarovsk Territory said on Wednesday.

The flight will take place on the 50th anniversary of the day that Yury Gagarin became the first man in space.

The first Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft was bought by Armenia's Armavia airline, Khabarovsk Territory Governor Vyacheslav Shport said during a meeting with Armenia's ambassador to Russia Oleg Yesayan in Khabarovsk on Tuesday.

The Superjet 100 is a family of medium-haul passenger aircraft developed by Sukhoi in cooperation with U.S. and European aviation corporations, including Boeing, Snecma, Thales, Messier Dowty, Liebherr Aerospace and Honeywell. The aircraft is capable of carrying 75-98 passengers up to 4,400 kilometers.

Sukhoi plans to manufacture at least 700 Superjet 100s and intends to sell 35 percent of them to North America, 25 percent to Europe, 10 percent to Latin America, and 7 percent to Russia and China.

Sukhoi currently has at least 122 firm orders for its Superjet 100 airliners.

KHABAROVSK, March 23 (RIA Novosti)

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