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Sukhoi assessing engine options for 'Russified' Superjet
Sukhoi's civil aircraft division has yet to decide on the crucial powerplant issue for its proposed 'Russified' Superjet 100.

The current Superjet fleet is fitted with the Franco-Russian PowerJetSaM146, with Snecma as the manufacturer's Western partner in the venture.

But the airframer is pursuing a substitution programme to create a version of the aircraft, the SSJ100R, with greater domestic content.

Sukhoi Civil Aircraft says it is "still analysing the options available" for the engine, without specifying further.

Aviadvigatel has been developing the PD-14 engine family and has proposed a smaller model, designated the PD-10, which is aimed at aircraft such as the Superjet.

Sukhoi says that other key components to be replaced for the SSJ100R include the inertial navigation system and auxiliary power unit – both provided by Honeywell – as well as the parts for the interior.

Honeywell is a strong supplier to the Superjet programme, producing several parts of the twinjet's avionics suite. The aircraft also features structures from a number of other Western companies. Safran manufactures the jet's undercarriage assemblies.

"Russian engineering and manufacturing companies are already invited for participation in the [SSJ100R] programme," says the airframer, adding that first deliveries are scheduled for 2020.

Two Iranian airlines have signed preliminary agreements to take the 'Russified' aircraft. The US government's withdrawal from a pact lifting nuclear-related sanctions is set to re-impose restrictions on supplying aircraft to Iran featuring significant US content.

Wow to make Asian debut with Delhi route
Icelandic low-cost carrier Wow Air will add its first Asian destination later this year by launching services from Reykjavik to Delhi in India.
The airline, which has established a network of transatlantic destinations from Iceland, will begin the Delhi service on 6 December. The route, on which Airbus A330neo equipment will be deployed, is to be operated at thrice-weekly frequency initially before becoming a five-times-weekly service in January. Wow is set to receive the first of four leased A330neos later this year.
"This exciting new route is an important milestone in the growth of Wow Air and signifies our continuing mission to open the skies and enable even greater travel possibilities, always at the best rates possible," states chief executive Skuli Mogensen.
While low-cost, long-haul players have made plenty of inroads in the transatlantic market, their penetration between Europe and Asia is more limited.
Norwegian has operated from Scandinavian bases to Bangkok since 2013 and last year added a Singapore service from London Gatwick. Singapore Airlines unit Scoot, meanwhile, has this year begun services linking Singapore with Athens and Berlin Tegel. AirAsia X operated flights from Kuala Lumpur to London and Paris until 2012, and has hinted at expansion beyond Asia again next year.
Another European carrier aiming to develop its leisure long-haul business, Primera Air, is also examining the possibility of starting routes to India and Africa using Airbus A321neo and Boeing 737 Max narrowbodies it is introducing to its fleet. Speaking to FlightGlobal earlier this month, chief executive Hrafn Thorgeirsson said the range of the jets allows flights from central Europe to India and elsewhere in Asia.

India to build second airport in Pune
The Indian government has given clearance for the construction of a new international airport in Pune.
Located in the western state of Maharashtra, the Chatrapati Sambhaji Raje International airport will be the city's second.
In a statement, the civil aviation ministry says it will ensure that the existing Pune airport will remain open for civil use.
The Pune airport is built on land owned by the ministry of defence, but operated by the Airports Authority of India.
Data from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation shows that passenger traffic at Pune airport grew 20.6% to 8.16 million in fiscal 2017-18, compared with the previous year.
The state-owned Mahashtra Airport Development Company will oversee the construction of the new Chatrapati Sambhaji Raje International airport.
Local media reports say the cost of construction is expected to reach Rs140 billion ($2.08 billion) and that the facility could be operational by 2020 with an annual passenger capacity of 20 million.
"The existing airport [at Pune] has exhausted its capacity and this new airport will help us add more passenger flights and cargo operations," says Suresh Prabhu, India's minister of commerce and industry and civil aviation in a tweet.
FlightGlobal schedules data shows that Pune airport predominately connects to domestic points, with low-cost carrier IndiGo being the largest operator in terms of ASKs. The airport's thickest connection is to Delhi, with over 40% of capacity placed on the segment. Its only international points are Bucharest, Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Viva Air Colombia to exit Panama
Viva Air Colombia will exit Panama Pacifico airport in Panama City, citing high airport costs as the reason.
The Medellin-based airline says it will cancel its flights from Bogota and Medellin on 20 May.
Viva Air Colombia flies four-times-weekly on both routes, FlightGlobal schedules data show. It launched flights to Panama Pacifico in August 2014, adding the airport's first commercial flights.
But its status as the airport's only airline ended in June 2017, when Copa Airlines' low-cost affiliate Wingo entered Panama Pacifico with service that competed directly against Viva Air Colombia's routes to Bogota and Medellin. Wingo is also operating from Panama Pacifico to Cali and Cartagena.
Panama City Pacifico is about 40km (25 miles) from the city's main airport, Tocumen.
Viva Air Colombia's exit from Panama will leave Air Panama, Avianca and Copa serving Panama City from Bogota and Medellin, FlightGlobal schedules data show. Air Panama operates from Panama Albrook to the two Colombian cities. Aside from the Wingo flights at Pacifico, Copa serves Bogota and Medellin from Tocumen.
Avianca operates from Bogota to Tocumen.

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