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Russia's first Superjet 100 named after Gagarin

01-18-2011 16:54 BJT

MOSCOW, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- The first regional airliner Sukhoi Superjet 100 will start Moscow-Yerevan flights in February, Russia's federal space agency Roskosmos announced Monday.

Armenia's Armavia Airline bought the first production aircraft and named it after Russia's first cosmonaut Yury Gagarin.

According to Aram Yegoyan, deputy director general of the airline, the company has planned to begin operating Superjet early in February.

The company also planned to buy four more such jets.

Before the first Sukhoi Superjet 100 travels to Armenia, pilots will have to undergo special training and complete all necessary documents.

The 75-to-95-seat civilian aircraft was jointly developed by Russian firm Sukhoi and Italian Finmeccanica.

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: Xinhua

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