Thursday, June 01, 2017

India, B'desh keen to buy new Russian passenger jet: official

St. Petersburg: : India, Bangladesh and Hungary have shown interest in buying Russia's newly-unveiled MC-21 short-and mid-range passenger aircraft, a top company official said today.

Russia's United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) had carried out the first flight testing of a twin-engine airliner with a capacity of 150-212 passengers on Sunday in the eastern Siberian city of Irkutsk.

Hungary, India and Bangladesh have shown interest in acquisition of MC-21 passenger jets, UAC President Yuri Slyusar told reporters at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) here.

"We showed the aircraft [MC-21] in flight and we feel higher interest. We met delegations from different nations: Hungary, Bangladesh and India. The flying aircraft is a much more sensible product from the standpoint of promotion," the top UAC executive said.

The portfolio of orders for MC-21 amounts to 285 aircraft to date, with firm (pre-paid) contracts awarded for 185 jets, Tass news agency quotefd him as saying.
01/06/17 PTI/New Indian Express