The end of the Paris Air Show on Sunday 23rd June marked Russia’s triumphant return to the world aerospace arena after ten years, led by United Aircraft Corporation (UAC).
The company presented its wide range of products – military, civil and transport – demonstrating the skill and potential of the Russian aviation industry.
At the 50th Le Bourget show, more than 340,000 thousand people witnessed the world premiere of the Su-35 fighter, which was displaying outside Russia for the first time. The Su-35S’s airborne agility caused excitement amongst experts and aviation enthusiasts alike. For the first time, the Paris Air Show saw the Yak-130 fighter trainer too, which is in service with the Russian Air Force.
UAC’s civil aircraft programmes – the Sukhoi Superjet 100 and MC-21 were presented to the Air Show’s international audience as well – receiving new commitments from a number of different customers.
UAC Senior Vice-President and Irkut President, Oleg Demchenko, said: “During the show, active negotiations about the Yak-130 took place with many countries in Latin America, South-East Asia and the CIS. The MC-21 also attracted attention from a number of potential customers in the international market.”
VEB-Leasing and Irkut signed Letter of Intent potentially work US$2.5billion at list prices for the order of 30 MC-21 aircraft.
Mexican carrier Interjet took delivery of its first Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) on the first day of the air show, and the aircraft programme also received two new orders – from the Ilyushin Finance Corporation and the Bahrain-based lessor AeroLease, with the latter signed a Letter of Intent for the finance and leasing of a number of SSJ100 aircraft. These agreements demonstrate the continued growth in interest from leasing companies and world finance institutions in the SSJ100.
Mikhail Pogosyan, UAC’s President, says: “It has been a significant achievement for us to strengthen our position in the civil aviation market – we have proved we are not only about world-beating military aircraft, but innovative civil aircraft too.”
Source / Author: UAC