Saudi Arabia may modernise its commercial aviation with Russian aircraft

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November 20 , 2017 – Fort Russ News – 

Vesti Finance – translated by Inessa Sinchougova

Saudi Arabia is discussing with Russia the prospect of buying Russian aircraft SSJ-100 and МС-21, said Viktor Kladov, director for International Cooperation and Regional Policy of “Rostech”.

“We have a lively dialogue with Saudi Arabia in a number of directions. I can’t get any more detailed, but the dialogue is proceeding in a positive manner, with Russia actively showing its achievements in aviation” Kladov said.

The MC-21 aircraft is a completely Russian development and has good opportunities for entering the international market. 

MC-21 will be released in two versions: MC-21-200 (from 132

to 165 seats) and MC-21-300 (from 163 to 211 seats). There may be a version of MC-21-400, accommodating up to 250 people. The model of MC-21-300 made its first flight in May of this year.

The first SSJ-100 was designed in 2003, and the first flight was made in 2008. The current fleet is being operated by Russian and foreign airlines (Aeroflot, Mexican Interjet, Irish CityJet) and there are currently 120 SSJ-100 aircraft in operation.

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