The Government has signed a contract for the purchase of five Russian made super jets to be delivered in the country by early 2018.
Four of the five aircrafts are Sukhoi Superjet 100 passenger planes while one is a VIP version for President Edgar Lungu.
The other four planes will be used for the soon to be re-launched state owned Zambia Airways.
President of Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) Yury Slyusar said on Friday that the country’s Sukhoi Civil Aircraft company has concluded a contract with Zambian carriers to deliver a total of five Sukhoi Superjet 100 passenger planes in 2018.
“Yesterday, we signed [contracts] on an absolutely new market — the African market, we signed a contract with Zambian companies to supply four [SSJ 100] planes plus one aircraft in the VIP version for the head of state,” Slyusar said in an interview with Rossiya 24 television.
“The delivery of the aircraft to the African continent will take place as early as next year,” he added.
Slyusar added that four more aircraft could be delivered to the newly created airline of Zambia.
The SSJ100 is a twin-engine plane made by Russia’s Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company.
It can transport up to 98 passengers and fly distances of up to 4, 400 kilometers.
The jet made its maiden flight in May 2008.
Around 2014, the SSJ100 aircraft was fetching around $35.4 million, according to Senior Vice-president of Sukhoi Civil Aircraft, Customers, Igor Sirtsov.