Partial Payment Already Made For Sukhoi Purchase
Monday, 21 May, 2012 | 15:30 WIB
TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta:Sky Aviation has not decided on the purchase of the Russian made plane, Sukhoi Superjet 100. "We don't know yet whether to go ahead or cancel it. All are focusing on the victims now. We are also awaiting the investigation results,” said Sky Aviation's General Manager Marketing, Sutito Zainuddin, to Tempo on Friday, May 18.
In July 2011, Sky signed a purchase contract to buy 12 units Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft. The planes are scheduled to arrive in batches starting August or September 2012 till 2015, with three arriving around end of the year. The contract is at the verge of being canceled after the similar type of aircraft crashed during a promo flight from Halim Perdanakusuma airbase to Sukabumi last week.
Sutito said that down payment has possibly been made, “Most likely the slot payment has been made," he said. He is still clueless as to whether the company would be subject to penalties should it call off the agreement. "We haven't discussed this matter,” he explained. Besides, he added, there are a lot of factors to be considered in deciding its next step including the investigation results and findings of KNKT (the national transport safety agency).
Sky currently owns 10 unit aircraft; 5 units Fokker 50, 1 unit each Fokker 100, Grand Cessna Caravan, Cirrus SR20, Cirrus SR22 and Boeing-300. "The additional SSJ 100 was to expand the fleet," he added. MARTHA T
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