Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Iran to build 100 Russian airliners under license

15/ 07/ 2008

FARNBOROUGH, July 15 (RIA Novosti) -- Russia is planning to agree on the licensed production of Tu-204SM medium-haul passenger airliners in Iran, the United Aircraft Building Corporation head said on Tuesday.
"In 2008, we intend to complete negotiations on manufacturing about 100 Tu-204 planes under license in the Islamic Republic," Alexei Fyodorov said at an international airshow.
Iran and Russia reached a preliminary agreement on the joint production of Russian Tu-204 and Tu-214 medium-haul passenger airliners in mid-June.
The two countries earlier said they are nearing the end of talks on the project to build 100 210-seat liners in the next 10 years for the Iranian fleet. They are also discussing the production of spare parts, flight tests, and the construction of a maintenance center in the country.
Russian and Iranian officials said previously the two countries planned to sign a $2.5 billion contract in 2009 for the delivery of 100 Tu-204 and Tu-214. Deliveries are to start in 2010.
The Islamic Republic currently uses Tu-204, Tu-154, An-72, Yak-42 and other Russian built airplanes.
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