Kazakh airline SCAT to lease 15 Sukhoi Superjets
ALMATY Aug 26 (Reuters) - Kazakhstan's privately-owned passenger airline SCAT will lease 15 Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) aircraft from Russia's State Transport Leasing Company (GTLK), the two sides said on Wednesday.
SCAT, a regional airline headquartered in Shymkent in southern Kazakhstan which makes charter flights abroad, said it had also been looking at Brazil's Embraer 170 or 190 and Canada's Bombardier CRJ1000 of a similar class.
It said it had opted for the SSJ100 because either the Embraer or Bombardier planes would have been hit with additional customs taxes, making the project more expensive, especially taking into account the sharp fall of the Kazakh tenge currency.
The agreement with state-owned GTLK, which supplies equipment to Russian airlines and airports, was signed on Tuesday, the two companies said without disclosing any financial details.
The airplanes will de delivered to SCAT for 144-month operating leasing, GTLK said. SCAT said it expected the first Sukhoi to arrive in May 2016.
Sukhoi builds the 100-seat regional jet in partnership with Finmeccanica's Alenia Aermacchi. (Reporting by Mariya Gordeyeva and Dmitry Solovyov; writing by Dmitry Solovyov; editing by David Clarke)
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