PowerJet signs SaM146 Customer Support Agreement with GazpromAvia

MAKS Airshow, Russia, August 17, 2011 - GazpromAvia, represented by Andrey S. Ovcharenko, Director General, and PowerJet, represented by Jacques Desclaux, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, signed today an agreement for the support of 20 SaM146 propulsion system dedicated to power the Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft (SSJ100).

"Today we are pleased to have signed with PowerJet this agreement for the support of SaM146 propulsion system. We hope our cooperation with PowerJet, a leading world manufacturer of engines, will give our company the opportunity to maintain a highest level of flight safety and aircraft reliability, to significantly lower our operating costs due to engagement of more cost-effective engines, and, of course, to enhance the level of handling and comfort of our passengers", said Andrey S. Ovcharenko, Director General of GazpromAvia.

This Customer Support Agreement plans out the general contractual terms to be applied between GazpromAvia and PowerJet concerning product support, documentation, training, on-site support and engine warranties. It will enable PowerJet to prepare and ensure a smooth entry into service of the SaM146 engine within GazpromAvia's fleet.

"We are extremely pleased to sign SaM146 Customer Support Agreement with Gazprom Avia. PowerJet is totally devoted to accompanying SSJ100 aircraft in service by setting up a comprehensive customer support & service structure that will meet all airline expectations", said Jacques Desclaux, Chairman & CEO of PowerJet.

PowerJet is committed to delivering maximum value to its customers through a product that strikes a perfect balance between advanced technologies and proven experience.

On May 18, 2011, PowerJet has announced its comprehensive new customer care service, dubbed PowerLifeTM. This dedicated SaM146 customer support & service organization ensures fast and reliable access to services and information anywhere in the world with an AOG hotline open 24/7. PowerJet is the world's premier manufacturer of regional jet engines to provide a single point-of-contact for all customer support & services on the complete propulsion system, including engine, equipment and nacelle.

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PowerJet, founded in July 2004, is a joint venture of Snecma (Safran Group) of France and NPO Saturn of Russia. The company is in charge of the SaM146 engine program management, including development, production, marketing and sales, as well as customer support and MRO services. In April 2003, the SaM146 engine was selected by Sukhoi Civil Aircraft to power its Superjet 100 regional jet.

GazpromAvia is Gazprom of Russia and its subsidiaries' general air carrier. Moreover, the company has been actively increasing the volume of business transportation lately and is one of the leaders of the Russian business aviation, possessing the biggest business-class air fleet in Russia and offering the in-flight service up to the world standards. GazpromAvia offers a comprehensive package of aviation services. Its flight programs combine high security level and service quality.

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