Russia wants to fly solo without Airbus and Boeing

Russia wants to fly solo without Airbus and Boeing

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s airline industry aims to end its dependence on Boeing and Airbus by using locally made parts to produce 1,000 jetliners by 2030, according to state-owned industrial group Rostec.

Foreign planes, mostly from Boeing and Airbus, account for 95% of passenger traffic in Russia, but Western sanctions have led to a shortage of spare parts.

Reuters reported in August that Russian airlines are having to take over from their own planes the parts they can no longer buy abroad.

But Rostec, led by Sergei Chemezov, who worked with Vladimir Putin in East Germany in the 1980s, sees this upheaval as an opportunity to build a strong and distinct aviation industry.

“Foreign aircraft are being withdrawn from the fleet,” Rostec said in a written response to questions from Reuters about its plans and the state of Russia’s airline industry.

“We believe that this process is irreversible and that Boeing and Airbus aircraft will never be delivered to Russia,” he added.

Half of the components and technologies used in the Russian aviation industry in 2021 will come from abroad, according to a document entitled “On the strategic directions of activity in the new conditions for the period up to 2030” prepared by the government and Reuters was consulted.

Rostec needs to find parts – or make them.

“Our next goal is to complete in the shortest possible time the replacement of imported parts delivered from abroad for promising aviation projects – SSJ-New and MS-21,” said Rostec.

From 2022 to 2030, Russia plans to deliver 1,036 passenger aircraft, including 142 Superjet-New and 270 MS-21, as well as 70 Il-114 turboprops, 70 Tu-214 medium-haul aircraft and 12 Il-96 wide-body aircraft. , locally designed, according to government documents.

“We do not expect sanctions to be relaxed and are planning our plans based on the currently difficult scenario,” said Rostec.

(Reporting by Gleb Stolyarov and Tim Hepher in Paris, French version by Augustin Turpin, edited by Kate Entringer)


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