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Russia is to upgrate aircraft fleet

  05.02.2007    

The commission, chaired by Vice Premier and Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov (Russia), will focus on measures to meet major Russian airlines' demand for modern aircraft, said ministry spokesman Sergei Rybakov.
"Discussions will deal specifically with resuming serial production of modern airliners, which are currently put out on a small scale - about a dozen long-haul and regional aircraft a year - as well as launching production of new planes that would meet international standards and airlines' requirements for reliable, economic, safe and comfortable carriers," he said.
As part of efforts to renovate Russia's ageing airliner fleet and raise the industry's global competitiveness, the government has recently launched several ambitious projects, including plans to build SuperJet-100 and MS-21 regional medium-haul airliners.
Serial production of the SuperJet-100, a regional airliner in the 60- to 95-seat category with an average flight range of 1,750 kilometers (1,088 miles), will begin in 2008.
The MS-21, designed to seat between 130 and 170 passengers and to fly up to 5,000 kilometers (3,125 miles), enters service in 2012.
According to AsstrA AG, last year, major Russian aircraft manufacturers, including Sukhoi, Tupolev and Ilyushin, were consolidated into the state-controlled United Aircraft Building Corporation.



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