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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Sukhoi Plane to Test Its Wings

Sukhoi aircraft builder, best known for fighter jets, will begin test flights of its first passenger plane this summer, a company spokesman said.

Yury Chervakov said Monday parts for the twin-fuselage S-80 had been brought to Moscow from Sukhoi's base factory in Komsomolsk-on-Amur in the Far East and the aircraft's prototype was now being assembled.

Two more planes would be assembled in Moscow by the end of this year for ground tests.

"Altogether we will need four S-80s to finish a full series of the test flights over a two-year period," Chervakov said.

"We hope to get flight certification in 2000 and start serial production of the S-80 in 2003," he added, noting that the company had already received orders for the aircraft from several airlines and government ministries.

The S-80 will be able to carry up to 35 passengers or eight tons of cargo. It has a flight range of 3,000 kilometers at a cruising speed of 540 kilometers per hour.