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Flight to Nizhny Novgorod on a Sukhoi Superjet 100

 
vartumashvili 
vartumashvili
I flew from Moscow to Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, on Russia's newest passenger jet, the Sukhoi Superjet 100 (shortly SSJ 100) in February 2012 with the airline company Aeroflot, Russia's flag-carrier.



Wing of the Superjet 100:



As the engines were starting up, the planes cabin was filled with an unpleasant rumbling noise, accompanied by vibration, after which a cloud of exhaust fumes rose from under the wing. I call attention to this because Ive never experienced this on any other plane.

Wing flaps:



Here we are just after takeoff, you can see the three terminals of Sheremetyevo International Airport:



Turning around:



The window:



The layout of the passenger area is 2+3 seats per row:



Wingtip:



This plane is only the third delivered SSJ 100 and includes all of the usual downsides, including a Spartan lack of features and not the greatest quality of construction. Or so we are to believe from numerous reviews. What did I actually see? The plastic of the interior paneling looks to be of good quality and is pleasant to the eye, with the exception of the flight attendant request buttons. The interior is well-lit and modern.



Small, unfilled cracks between the panels, such as these, were the only thing I could classify as a sign of poor workmanship:



There were no personal air vents, though the next version of the plane will allegedly have them. Either way, it isnt much of an inconvenience. There were individual reading lights.



We were given snacks. Quite sufficient for a 50-minute flight.



The restroom is fairly comfortable, but theres only one (the other is reserved for business class). Its also located right in the middle of the kitchen. Luckily this is only temporary, as Aeroflot originally ordered planes to be built with two restrooms per section, but the manufacturer only had the means to build one, citing unscrupulous suppliers. Aeroflot has since promised to recall all the underequipped planes and refit them within the year.



Its a no smoking flight, but there still was an ashtray.



Under the wing you can see the high-rises of Nizhny Novgorod:



Nizhny Novgorod International Airport is a rundown shack dating back to the USSR. The fact that the advertised wi-fi doesnt work is far from the worst feature. Too bad I didnt get a chance to take a picture of the baggage claim, that rusty conveyor belt was really something. Its quite surprising that the airport is still in such terrible condition.


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beefyheater (Email: beefyheater01@yahoo.com)
RE: Flight to Nizhny Novgorod on a Sukhoi Superjet 100
Great review! I'm always curious to see/read more about the Sukhoi Superject, seeing as how it's the first new Russian airliner since the fall of the Soviet Union. It seems the plane is decent, but not stellar, which I would have really liked to see. I think Russian airline companies are fully capable of competing with the Boeing-Airbus duopoly if they get their act together
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Donskoi
RE: Flight to Nizhny Novgorod on a Sukhoi Superjet 100
Hmmm... this is an old review but it needs updating.

I fly back and forth between Nizhny and Moscow a lot, at least once a month and often on the Superjet, with probably a few dozen flights to date on the Sukhoi.

I've lived in the US, Europe, Russia and Asia and have been travelling extensively internationally for over 30 years, crossing the Atlantic hundreds of times and, I think, at somewhere around over a dozen round-the-world itineraries. I'm a private pilot in the US with over a thousand hours but not active for the last ten years or so since I sold my last airplane. I've personally owned five aircraft and have flown in just about everything commercial that flies, both Western commercial aircraft and also former Soviet Bloc aircraft, excepting only the Concorde when it was still flying (ahhh... the one that got away). Besides the personal experience of flying many aircraft and being a passenger in just about everything that flies commercially, at one point I was an investor in an aircraft company and got a look at the design/manufacturing end.

Based on that, my take on the Sukhoi: it's a superb aircraft that's designed extremely well for the target mission of regional carriers. It is a typically Sukhoi design bureau product with exceptional aerodynamics and absolutely startling performance, a function of the mathematically superior aerodynamics. It's very comfortable for passengers and effective for the airlines that operate it. All that still might not be enough to generate volume production they seek.

The ergonomics of the thing for passengers is superb: it is far superior to the tiny tube ergonomics most regional aircraft now employ with a much bigger (and bigger feeling) cabin than usually encountered in short haul flights. The cabin interior is absolutely Western standard and, if you weren't tipped off it was a Sukhoi you'd think it was an Airbus or Boeing. I like the configurations with two and two business class up front and then two and three across in economy.

Build quality is fine, no better and no worse than either Boeing or Airbus. Structurally the design is superb, as one would expect of a design bureau with such formidable success and experience (anyone who doesn't realize that Sukhoi are masters of the art after such truly supreme designs like the Sukhoi 27 doesn't know airplanes).

My take on it is that even if it is subsidized as heavily as Airbus was/is, and even as good as the product is for the regional mission it targets, well, it will still be very difficult for the Superjet to crack into existing markets. Aeroflot has taken delivery of a few dozen and is very happy with the plane's economics / maintainability / etc. It could be that over time other airlines will discover through experience it is a good piece of equipment and volumes will grow.

By the way, it's true that Nizhny's old terminal was the pits, worse than some third rate bus terminal in Arkansas. The new terminal that opened up recently is shining and beautiful, very convenient and efficient for travelers.
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