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Mexico's Interjet Buys Sukhoi

MEXICO CITY — Mexican airline Interjet signed a $650 million contract with Superjet International for 15 aircraft to help it expand operations, Superjet partner Finmeccanica announced.

The first deliveries are scheduled for the second half of 2012, and the contract includes options for five additional Superjet 100 jets, which seat 98 passengers, the company said late Monday. Superjet International is a joint venture between Finmeccanica’s Alenia Aeronautica and Sukhoi Holding.

“We chose Sukhoi Superjet 100 after a careful evaluation of all of the comparable airplanes … [because] it has the best results at the altitudes and temperatures typical in Mexico,” Interjet chief executive Jose Luis Garza said.


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