RUSSIA AND CHINA TO JOIN EFFORTS IN BUILDING AIRCRAFT
Above all, the point is to start efforts for designing a big airplane, both civil and transport, chief of the Federal Industry Agency Boris Alyoshin told Wednesday Interfax. According to him, it would be a wide-body airplane having capacity of 275-350 seats. And a corresponding transport version of it.
For the first time we are going to start such a large-scale cooperation in the civil area. In fact, it is a question of diversifying relations between China and Russia, which have mainly been focused on military projects, said Alyoshin.
He also noted this will be a commercial project. The Chinese side is as well interested in it, since in China underway are reforms too, including those in the aviation industry. The Chinese are as well operating toward shifting focus from budget component to commercial one. In the given case such a project might be of interest to the both sides.
This would be a joint development. We also would like to have the Chinese side involved in the project. So that it is not only a question of finance, but also a question of partnership, an of making this equipment in China, said Alyoshin.