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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Aeroflot Signs Up for 15 More Superjets

Itar-TassAeroflot CEO Valery Okulov, left, Pogosyan, second left and Ivanov, right, inspecting a Superjet under construction.
Aeroflot signed a preliminary agreement to buy another 15 of Sukhoi's Superjet-100 planes Tuesday, under the watchful gaze of First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov.

The memorandum of understanding with Sukhoi Civil Aircraft, worth more than $400 million, comes on top of a pre-existing Aeroflot order for 30 Superjets signed in December 2005.

The first of the short-haul 75- to 95-seat planes is due to be delivered in November 2008. The memorandum of understanding has to be ratified by the end of the year.

"We will receive all 30 aircraft from the first order and then receive the further 15 after that," Aeroflot spokeswoman Irina Danenberg said.

Danenberg said the new agreement was needed as Aeroflot sought to expand and modernize its fleet and that the agreement had been expected.

"We have been talking about increasing our orders for some considerable time already," she said.

"We already had a contract with Sukhoi for 30 aircraft, and we have simply decided to increase it," she said.

Currently Sukhoi has orders for 61 aircraft from four Russian firms, including the 30 aircraft due to Aeroflot.

Taking Ivanov on a tour of Sukhoi's head offices, CEO Mikhail Pogosyan said the company had lifted its most-optimistic forecast for the production of Superjet-100 aircraft from 750 to 1,200.

"This is linked to the growth in orders for the aircraft and the growth in interest shown in the project," Pogosyan said, Interfax reported.

Speaking at the meeting, Alexei Fyodorov, CEO of the state-controlled United Aircraft Corporation, said sales of Russian fighter jets were set to more than double this year.

Sales would top at least $3 billion, Fyodorov said, to countries including Venezuela, India, Malaysia and Algeria.