Bahrain Air has indicated that it is in negotiations with Sukhoi and Bombardier for the purchase of aircraft. The stated interest was for up to five Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ) aircraft, a company official indicated in an interview on Thursday.
The airline has indicated that it will announce its decision in the first quarter of 2012 and expects delivery of ordered aircraft in the 2014 to 2015 time frame.
Russian United Aircraft Corporation officials have confirmed preliminary talks with Bahrain’s second flag carrier on the SSJ purchase, but Bombardier has not commented on the report.
Sukhoi has received over 200 firm orders for Superjet 100 airliners so far and there are currently five Superjet 100s in service with Armavia Airlines and Aeroflot in Russia.