Russia will not cut Superjet's production
Moscow, Russia - Minister of Industry Viktor Khristenko's statements
(WAPA) - Russia is not going to cut production of Sukhoi Superjet-100 despite the global air market downturn, Moscow's Minister of Industry Viktor Khristenko stated in an interview with "Russia Today" TV channel. He also confirmed the government's total commitment in this $1.4 billion project.
"For the time being we are not fundamentally changing our production plans - Khristenko explained - We are slightly moving back the timeframe, but still aim to produce 1,000 Superjets as planned". The problems are due to the fact that the constructor received several orders' delays and cancellations from their customers. The first model should be delivered to Aeroflot, Russian national carrier, by December, about one year later than the initial previsions.
Superjet-100 is built by Sukhoi in cooperation with Italian Alenia Aeronautica, Finmeccanica group, that owns 25% plus one share of Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (acquired thanks to a special law, see also AVIONEWS) and 51% of Superjet International, the joint-venture for the aircraft's commercialization. (Avionews)