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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Demand Seen for Western-Level Planes

A leading Russian aircraft maker said Friday that domestic airlines increasingly wanted planes to Western standards and that it had 20 orders on its books.

The Kazan plane maker, or KAPO, said it was getting orders for its Tu-214 jets custom-made to Western safety levels. The Tu-214 can carry 210 people or 25 tons of cargo.

"Russia's airlines realize that sooner or later, they will face a problem meeting international traffic rules and Western standards to be able to fly international routes without fears of being taken off them [the routes]," said Valentin Kuznetsov, marketing chief of the plant.

He said one airline that wanted to replace all its aircraft with Tu-214s was the Dalavia company in the Far East.

"Altogether now we have 20 orders for this aircraft from other companies like Krasair, Sibir, Pulkovo, Astrakhan airlines to modernize their fleets through the Kazan-based Financial Leasing Co.," he said.