Aeroflot Buys 5 Airbus Jets at Air Show

APA man and child watching an Airbus A380 coming in to land at the Farnborough International Air Show on Tuesday.
European airplane manufacturer Airbus said Tuesday that Aeroflot agreed to buy five A321 aircraft worth a total of $452 million at list prices.

Aeroflot signed a contract at the Farnborough International Air Show in Britain, Airbus said in a statement. Aeroflot already has 38 Airbus aircraft in its fleet and plans to increase the number to 70 by 2015, deputy chief executive Lev Koshlyakov said.

Among other deals at the air show, Sukhoi inked a preliminary $630 million agreement with domestic leasing company, Avializing, for up to 40 Superjet-100 planes, the companies said in a joint statement Tuesday.

The agreement would see Avializing buy a first batch of 24 jets, with an option to buy 16 more, the statement said.

A firm order should be signed later this year, the statement said. The Superjet-100, which underwent its maiden test flight in May, is the first civilian plane to be developed in Russia since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Despite promises to have the jet ready this year, the $1.4 billion project has been hit by a series of delays, with the first delivery of the jets to national carrier Aeroflot now postponed to 2009.

With 73 orders on its books so far, this deal provides a much-needed fillip for the project. Sukhoi has teamed up with Italian engineering firm Finmeccanica in a bid to sell the 75- to 95-seater aircraft abroad but so far only small Italian airline ItAli has firmed up its interest.

n State-owned United Aircraft Corporation said Tuesday that it planned to sign a contract with Iran for the country to produce up to 100 Tu-204 passenger jets under license, Interfax reported Tuesday.

"We have handed a draft contract to Iran. This draft contract envisions about 100 Tu-204 aircraft," UAC president Alexei Fyodorov told reporters at Farnborough Air Show.

MT, Bloomberg