TYPE: Regional jet airliner.
PROGRAMME: In early 2001, Rosaviakosmos and The Boeing Company agreed to joint development and marketing of the Russian Regional Jet (RRJ; transliterated into Cyrillic as RRZh, but also known by Sukhoi as grazhdanskie samolet: Civil Aircraft). At the Paris Air Show on 21 June 2001 it was announced that AVPK Sukhoi (Sukhoi Civil Aircraft) will lead the design and manufacture of the aircraft, with Ilyushin holding responsibility for certification, and Boeing handling marketing, sales, leasing and after-sales support. Three firms signed agreement 20 July 2001. Provisional configuration and specification announced 13 August 2001, on eve of Moscow Salon. Initial phase of feasibility studies between June and December 2001; second phase completed in July 2002. Announced as winner of Russian Aviation & Space Agency (Rosaviakosmos) tender on behalf of Russian government for 200 regional jets on 12 March 2003. First flight is expected in 2006, with Russian AP-25 and FAR/JAR-25 certification and service entry in 2007.
CURRENT VERSIONS: RRJ-60: Formerly RRJ-55. Shrunk version; two fuselage sections, of 1.00 m (3 ft 3½ in) and 1.50 m (4 ft 11 in) respectively, removed fore and aft of wing.
RRJ-60LR: Long-range version.
RRJ-75: Baseline version.
RRJ-75LR: Long-range version.
RRJ-95: Stretched version; two plugs, one of 1.50 m (4 ft 11 in) and one of 2.00 m (6 ft 6¾ in) respectively, inserted fore and aft of wing.
RRJ-95LR: Long-range version.
CUSTOMERS: Aeroflot has initial requirement for up to 30, having signed MoU in August 2001. Russian market estimated as 150; additional 500 export sales possible by 2022.
COSTS: Development costs estimated at US$600 million, plus US$600 million to US$700 million for engine (both 2003). Unit cost estimated at US$10 million to US$20 million (2003).
DESIGN FEATURES: Low-mounted, sweptback wings with podded engine on each. Sweptback horizontal and vertical tail surfaces. Airframe design optimised on RRJ-75 with goal of maximum commonality across the range of models.
LANDING GEAR: Retractable tricycle type. Twin wheels on each unit, with option of four-wheel bogey on main units.
POWER PLANT: Two Snecma/NPO Saturn SM146 turbofans, with FADEC, pod-mounted beneath wings, each rated at 62 to 71 kN (14,000 to 16,000 lb st), according to version. Fuel capacity 13,135 litres (3,470 US gallons; 2,889 Imp gallons).
ACCOMMODATION: RRJ-60 seats up to 63 passengers; RRJ-75 seats up to 78 passengers; RRJ-90 seats up to 98 passengers, all in single-class accommodation at 81 cm (32 in) seat pitch, five abreast. Narrow- and wide-aisle configurations available. Alternative two-class configuration for baseline RRJ-75 has eight first class seats in forward section and 62 tourist class seats in main cabin. Underfloor baggage compartments beneath front and rear of cabin.
All data are provisional