Aeroflot777 From Austria, joined Mar 2004, 3363 posts, RR: 24 Posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 5207 times:
I have just heard on the Russian news that as of today the IL-96 aircraft are no longer grounded. On August 22nd, all IL-96 aircraft were grounded because of a problem with the braking system. Now the problem has been eliminated, and the aircrafts are free to fly. Airlines have beeen notified and are already making shedule changes. Although some airlines haven't yet responded to the news. President Vladimir Putin, who flies the IL-96 on all his trips, will still have to use his spare IL-62 on his upcoming trip to Belgium, because the Presidential aircraft is undergoing its own separate check-up, and will be available for use later this month. There is an article on Vesti.ru, but it isn't too informative and is available in Russian only. http://www.vesti.ru/news.html?id=79350&sid=7
American 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4571 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 4841 times:
That's good news. Happy to hear the IL-96's are returning to service. There is hope that Ilyushin will receive more orders in the future, although not so many. I didn't know that one of Aeroflot's 6 IL-96's was still painted in the old livery. Anyone knows if there is a book about this aircraft? I'd like to get one. I have a cutaway drawing of it in the "Modern Commercial Aircraft" book dating from 2000, and I have the exact same cutawy drawing in an "Air International" magazine dating from 1989.
HEGAN From Spain, joined Feb 2005, 211 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 4792 times:
Quote: Under the program, by 2015 the industry should reach annual sales of $7 billion and 5 percent of global aircraft sales. At present, the Russian industry accounts for 1 percent of global commercial jet output, down from the 25 percent share it enjoyed in Soviet times
I think it is a very ambitious objective, at least with the actual generation of aicrafts, and even more difficult after the Il-96 was grounded, wich will make people to think one more time that Russian airplanes are not safe.
New airplanes must be very very competitives to get that 5% of the market. Let's see how the RRJ is, because in the regional market I think they could do it well.
HEGAN: Euskadiko Aeronautikako eta Espazioko Clusterra