The Mexican airline company has signed a contract with SuperJet International and has started commercial flights using the Russian SuperJet-100 aircraft along six routes. The contract states the airline will buy 20 planes worth $800 million and has an option to purchase another 10.
The jet the airline will be using, the SSJ-100, is for short-to-medium flights and can carry up to 100 passengers for up to 4500 km (2796 mi). For an aircraft to pass Mexican certification to be used for commercial flights, it must complete 100 hours of flight.
SuperJet-100s have been involved in some accidents in the last few years. The worst one, in May 2012, killed all 45 passengers when the plane crashed into a mountain south of Jakarta.
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