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Aeroflot Order Launches Russian Regional Jet (Dec 9)

MOSCOW --- Today Aeroflot – Russian Airlines, the national flag carrier, and Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company have announced the firm order for 30 Russian Regional Jet (RRJ) aircraft.

In accordance with the Contract Aeroflot orders thirty RRJ95 in basic configuration with deliveries to start in November 2008. The total deal is valued at approximately 820 million USD at list prices.

All the RRJs will be powered by SaM146 engines, provided by PowerJet (joint venture of Snecma and Russian NPO Saturn), which is not only the engine supplier for the JSC Sukhoi Civil Aircraft but also a risk-sharing partner on the RRJ Program.

The RRJ family fully meets the modern and perspective requirements on reliability, safety and operational economics and is intended to become the basis for the growth and development of domestic and international route network of Russian airlines.

The General Director of Aeroflot, Valery Okulov, sees the key advantage of the RRJ Program in its global marketability: “Aeroflot is a national flag carrier, the leader setting the standards of the Russian air transport industry and we are happy that none other than Russian-made aircraft – RRJ95 -- integrally fits our plans to build up a modern fleet”.

“Today the RRJ Program has won a national priority status. The Agreement with Aeroflot is a sign of credibility to the program validating Sukhoi’s strategy to become the first Russian commercial airplane manufacturer offering the product superseding not only the national, but the global market competitors; the product which 100% meets the existing and perspective market requirements”, stated Sukhoi Holding General Director Mikhail Pogosyan commenting the deal.

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