Russian Sukhoi aircraft holding company has announced the cancelation of the display flight of its new passenger plane, the Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100), in Vietnam, according to Lai Xuan Thanh, deputy head of the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam.
The demonstration flight, expected to kick off on May 14 at Noi Bai airport to show off the capacity of the new aircraft, was canceled as the only SSJ-100 plane Sukhoi intended for use at the show slammed into a mountain in Indonesia on Thursday, killing all people aboard.
The ill-fated new civilian plane crashed in during Sukhoi’s Asian tour to promote the aircraft, which is a joint venture between Sukhoi and Italy's Alenia Aeronautica, according to AFP.
According to the tour’s plan, the SSJ-100 was scheduled to make similar demonstration flights in Laos, and Vietnam -- its last destination.
Manufacturing civilian planes for Vietnam is included in the priorities under the strategic cooperation between Russia and Vietnam in 2012.
Sukhoi has said it is negotiating with Vietnamese air carriers to sell the SSJ-100 for domestic air routes.
However, Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar Pacific, and VietJet Air told Tuoi Tre that they have yet to receive any contact from Sukhoi.