Boeing Wins Order to Supply Planes to Russia

Will supply up to 65 planes to state owned holding company Russian Technologies

Boeing has won a tender to supply up to 65 planes to the state industrial holding Russian Technologies.

"Boeing presented the best offer in terms of technical, operative and financial indicators. State corporation Russian Technologies declares it the winner," the holding said.

European aircraft manufacturer Airbus and Russia's state aircraft holding United Aircraft Corporation also submitted bids.

The tender was initially announced in August 2009 to supply 50 planes, with an option of 15 more, for a startup airline company called Rosavia, a project that was subsequently abandoned.

The planes will now go to Aeroflot and aviation companies owned by Russian Technologies, a source at the state holding said. Russian Technologies signed a deal in April to buy and lease planes for the country's flagship airline.

"Russian Technologies in cooperation with state airline Aeroflot will in the near future submit firm orders for supplying specific aircraft models," the statement said.

The holding announced the tender at the MAKS airshow outside Moscow in August 2009.

The holding, whose head Sergei Chemezov is a close ally of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, also said it planned to buy domestically made planes, including the AN-148 and Sukhoi Superjet, from the United Aircraft Corporation.

The Superjet, which is seen as a potential savior of Russia's struggling civil aviation sector, has been hit by repeated delays.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2010

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