While nobody was watching, Russia’s Sukhoi was experiencing delays with its SuperJet, the first new airliner from the factories that once were part of the Soviet Union’s powerful aviation complex.
But Tuesday the company delivered its first jet to a Western client, Mexico’s Interjet. The 93-seat plane is on display at the Paris Air Show and will continue on to Mexico, where it will fly routes connecting Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey, according to RT.com.
Russia also inked its first deal at the Show, selling all-weather K-52 Alligator helicopter gunships to Iraq.
Meanwhile, a French-American partnership gave its first demonstration of an electric taxiing system for passenger aircraft, an innovation aimed at reducing noise and air pollution at airports.
And Bombardier Aerospace president Guy Hachey reassures the aviation industry that “we’re days away” from the first flight of its C-Series regional jet.
As for its scheduled mid-year 2014 delivery date, he tells Canada’s Financial Post:
It’s very aggressive. People are questioning our ability to do that because other programs have taken two years on average, some more than two years. What we’ve done different and we’re counting on is all the upfront work we have done.