PowerJet has produced the 300th SaM146 integrated propulsion system for the Sukhoi SuperJet 100 regional jet, seven years after the first delivery.
PowerJet — the 50/50 joint venture between Safran Aircraft Engines and UEC Saturn — has announced the completion of the 300th SaM146 integrated propulsion system for the Sukhoi SuperJet 100 regional jet.
Seven years after the first engine's delivery, PowerJet has developed and extended its capacities to keep up with engine deliveries in line with the requirements of the aircraft manufacturer, Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC). PowerJet expects to deliver about 70 powerplants in 2017 and the same in 2018. The company says it has already started to discuss with SCAC the number of deliveries in 2019 and 2020.
According to PowerJet, the SaM146 has logged more than 700,000 flight hours to date and is operated by 15 airlines around the world. As of September 2017, there were 105 SSJ100s in service. During the next five years, SCAC aims to deliver 170-180 aircraft, including business versions. Parent company United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) estimates demand for 100-seat aircraft during 2017-2036 at over 2,300 aircraft.
Within PowerJet, UEC Saturn develops the fan module, the low-pressure compressor and turbine and is responsible for final engine assembly and ground tests in its facility in Rybinsk, Russia. Safran Aircraft Engines develops the high-pressure core, the accessory gearbox, and the control system. The French company is also responsible for propulsion system integration and flight tests.
PowerJet also offers tailored customer support solutions, including on-wing maintenance support teams, engine leasing options, predictive maintenance, and quick turns. The PowerJet MRO network includes two certified shops, one in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines near Paris, and one in Rybinsk, Russia.