Sukhoi unveils first custom-built jet for athletes


Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) is showcasing an actual-size mock-up of its latest creation, the SportJet, at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, which are currently underway in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

On show at the Marimbás Club in the city, the jet will be the first aircraft designed specifically for athletes, and is able to carry up to 60 members of a professional sports team.

Sukhoi, which signed a partnership agreement with the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) in June, will equip the SportJet cabin with technology developed in collaboration with athletes, medical experts and team managers. It will have innovative medical and IT solutions, and be divided into four functional rooms: the recovery zone for physiotherapy, the resting zone for sleeping and monitoring, the coaching zone and the administration zone.

Illya Tarasenko, president of SCAC, said, “Today, the market for air transportation for sports purposes is estimated at US$600m. With the SportJet by Sukhoi, we are planning to increase sales and generate demand for premium aircraft that provide unprecedented service for passengers.”

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