he first Russian airline, Aeroflot, has suspended operations of nearly half of its new Superjet 100 regional aircraft because of technical problems, said on Tuesday the device manufacturer, Sukhoi Civil Aviation said in a statement .
This decision was made by order of the Russian air transport regulator, Rosaviatsia, which ordered the company to stop four of its ten Superjet 100, due to problems with the landing gear in particular, for his part, said the daily Vedomosti, citing two sources familiar with the federal agency to Vedomosti.
"We discovered construction defects on all aircraft in the first two years of commercial operation," he said in a statement temperate Sukhoi Civil Aviation, which assembles the aircraft with several international partners.
The group has ensured that two of AOG recommence flying by the end of the week and two more by the end of the month.
The newspaper Kommersant had reported last week that the aircraft presented as the hope of the Russian civil aviation, had accounted for 40% of the failures listed in the Aeroflot fleet.
Capable of carrying a hundred people, the Superjet has been designed to compete with Brazil's Embraer and Canada's Bombardier considered promising market for regional aircraft.
Engine manufacturer Snecma and French French group Thales aerospace and defense were involved in the project.
The first flight of the aircraft, a list price of about $ 30 million, took place in 2008 and the first aircraft was delivered to the Armenian Armavia in April 2011. In Russia, it is operated by Aeroflot and more recently by the company Siberian Iakoutia.
The program was marred by the crash of an aircraft in May 2012 during a demonstration flight in Indonesia. The accident, according to the Indonesian authorities due to human error the driver caused the death of 45 passengers on the plane.