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Is Russia Blocking The CRJ900 To Protect Sukhoi?

Fri Sep 07, 2007 1:20 am

This French-language article, in Montreal's LaPresse, suggests the Russian government is deliberately dragging its feet on certifying the CRJ900 for use in Russia by Tatarstan Airways - and potentially others - because it wants to protect the market for the competing aircraft types from Sukhoi. Tatarstan has already had two CRJ900s delivered (out of an order of 6 worth a potential $217 million) and has had to sublet to a carrier in the Gulf. The article alleges that all smaller Bombardier aircraft, jets and props, have had no problem getting certification.


[Edited 2007-09-06 18:24:35]