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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Aeroflot Orders 7 Airbus Planes

Airbus, the world's biggest aircraft maker, won an order from Aeroflot for seven medium-haul planes valued at $560 million, based on list prices.

Deliveries of the A321 aircraft, which seats 185 in a three-class configuration, will be made in the fourth quarter of 2006, Airbus said in a statement Monday. The purchase helps Airbus increase its presence in the fleet of Russia's biggest carrier, which already has 18 Airbus jets in its fleet, compared with nine Boeing planes.

Aeroflot spokeswoman Irina Dannenberg declined to say how much the company would pay for the planes or if it would pay import duties. "Those are commercial secrets," she said. "We don't have to pay for the planes until 2007."

Kommersant reported in July that Aeroflot would pay about $200 million in taxes to import the planes, the first time the carrier has paid full import duties. The newspaper did not say where it got the information.

(Bloomberg, MT)