Iran says Russia refuses to sell Sukhoi superjet

Despite Iran’s demand, Russia has refused to sell the Sukhoi superjet passenger aircraft to Iran, the Head of Iran-Russia Joint Chamber of Commerce Asadollah Asgaroladi said, Shargh Daily reported.

His statement came after Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said that Moscow may deliver a big batch of Sukhoi Superjet 100 passenger aircraft to Iran by 2020.

Recently, the Secretary of Association of Iranian Airlines Maqsoud Asadi Samani announced that Iran is no longer interested in purchasing Russia’s Sukhoi Superjet 100 passenger aircraft, due to technical problems and purchase of the aircraft is no more on the agenda, Mehr news agency reported Jan. 2.

Sukhoi Superjet 100 is a 75-seat and 95-seat passenger plane being produced since 2000 commissioned for flights services by the airlines from 2008.

A total of 64 Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft are currently in service, according to Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SCA) data. The largest aircraft operators are Aeroflot (26 airplanes), Mexico’s Interjet (19) and Gazpromavia (10 jets).