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Superjet makes unexpected NBAA entrance with Comlux

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Sukhoi_Business_Jet_2_560.jpgLAS VEGAS -- When the Sukhoi Superjet Twitter account checked into McCarran Airport on Foursquare late last week, more than an eyebrow's worth of interest was raised. A sign, perhaps, of the 100-seater's growing presence in business aviation, with its recently announced Sukhoi Business Jet (SBJ).

At Sunday's NBAA press day, Switzerland-based Comlux ordered two green SSJ100s which will be converted to an SBJ at the VIP charter company's Indianapolis, Indiana facility starting in 2014. The aircraft will be fitted with auxiliary fuel tanks in the factory in Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Russia to achieve non-stop London-New York and Moscow-Dubai flights.

The name Comlux may be unfamiliar in commercial aviation, but the Zurich-based company operates a fleet of 19 aircraft, including five A320 ACJ family aircraft, seven Bombardier Global and three Challenger family aircraft, as well as a Dassault Falcon 900LX and Boeing 767.

While it remains a modest order, Comlux, which has become a staple at NBAA and MEBA shows in past years, bringing its Airbus ACJs to the static display, has thrown its weight behind the Russian regional jet, providing an unexpected Western stamp of approval from a major industry player.

Rendering Credit Superjet International

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