The United Aircraft Corporation will demonstrate its Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft with a VIP interior at the Dubai Air Show. A premiere for the Middle East is the participation in the show’s flying programme of the Su-35C supermaneuverable 4++ generation fighter. The static display will also host a Be-200ES multipurpose amphibian and an Il-76 heavy transport aircraft.
The region’s airlines have established very high comfort standards. The Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft as well as the new Russian MC-21 aircraft family that will be shown at the UAC’s stand both demonstrate an optimal combination of commercial effectiveness and maximum passenger comfort. The Sukhoi Superjet 100 in its VIP configuration enjoys high demand – 8 aircraft have been delivered to customers to date. After a number of enhancements such as installation of additional fuel tanks and other system improvements the flight range of the VIP-version of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 was increased to 7,000 km that should satisfy the needs of most demanding customers.
The Middle East is one of the most important regions for promotion of UAC’s civil product lineup. According to the UAC’s Market Outlook the region’s average annual growth rates of passenger air transportation in 2017-2036 will be around 6%. In the long term the demand for new aircraft will be largely made up of narrow-body aircraft with more than 120 seats and wide-body aircraft. The total demand for aircraft by the airlines of the Middle East is forecast at 2,975 units for the next 20 years.
The demand for UAC’s military product lineup is stable, however, lately, the interest in the world and in the Middle East in particular has risen considerably after successful performance of such aircraft as the Su-35С, Su-34, Su-30SМ and MiG family fighters in real combat missions. Russian-made aircraft have once again proven their high combat effectiveness and flight and technical characteristics.
Middle East customers also show interest in the Be-200ES multipurpose amphibian that, considering the region’s geographic and climatic features, can be used in a number of unique configurations. The Be-200ES capabilities allow using the aircraft with maximum effectiveness and flexibility.
The show’s flying programme will also be brightened up by the “Russian Knights” aerobatics group on their new supermaneuverable multifunctional Su-30SM fighters that were supplied to the group in late 2016. Before that the group that was created in 1991 was using Su-27 and Su27UB fighters.