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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Aeroflot Ponders Il-96s

MOSCOW -- Flagship airline Aeroflot is negotiating with leasing company Ilyushin Finance to acquire six new Il-96-300 passenger jets, a spokeswoman for the carrier said Friday.

"Talks are under way on an offer made by the leasing company," she said. She did not name a value for the deal, but a statement by the company said terms called for construction of the aircraft to be financed by a combination of Russian and foreign investors.

The first of the 215 seat planes could be delivered by the beginning of 2001, the statement said.