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China firm aims for the sky with Russia plane project

A little-known Chinese firm hopes to set up a facility to assemble regional jets made by Russia's Sukhoi in a multi-billion-dollar deal, state media reported. The privately-owned O-Bay Aircraft Co. has signed a "framework" agreement to assemble 100 Superjet 100 civil aircraft, the official Xinhua news agency and Global Times newspaper reported. The two companies could not be immediately reached for comment.

Sukhoi jet has belly landing in Iceland

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Sukhoi Superjet made a belly landing during a test flight on Sunday at Iceland's Keflavik airport in Reykjavik, according to a statement by its Russian manufacturer. The Superjet program hit uncertainty last year after one of its planes crashed in Indonesia during a promotional flight, in which 45 people were killed.

Problem-plagued Sukhoi Superjet fails take-off at Moscow airport

MOSCOW, Feb 25 (Reuters) - A Sukhoi Superjet 100 failed to take off from Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport after one of its engines malfunctioned, Interfax reported, further clouding the future of Russia's first post-Soviet civil plane project. The Superjet programme hit uncertainty last year after one of its planes crashed in Indonesia during a promotional flight, which investigators said was due to pilot error and Jakarta air traffic control's lack of a minimum safe altitude system.

Russia allows grounded Aeroflot Superjets to fly

Russia's aviation agency has reauthorised Aeroflot to fly four of its Sukhoi Superjet 100s, days after ordering their grounding because of technical problems, the manufacturer said Friday. Sukhoi Civil Aviation said in a statement that Rosaviatsia renewed three of the operating licenses on Thursday, followed by the fourth on Friday. It added it had resolved the technical issues that forced Aeroflot to ground almost half of its 10-strong fleet of the aircraft, the first to be made in post-Soviet Russia.
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