Here is an article I found in Reuters.Russia Sukhoi ditches U.S. passenger jet project
MOSCOW, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Russia's fighter-jet maker Sukhoi said on Tuesday it was pulling out of a deal with U.S.-based startup venture Alliance Aircraft Corp. to jointly produce its first civilian passenger plane.
Sukhoi said in June that it hoped to begin joint production of the StarLiner by 2003. Alliance's CEO Earl Robinson told Reuters at the time that a letter of intent for 30 aircraft had already been signed.
Sukhoi spokesman Yuri Chervakov told Reuters that months of talks on a new family of 50-110 seat regional airliners had failed to provide results and it had finally decided to abandon the project late last week.
``We gave up on the project because we were not satisfied with the conditions being offered,'' Chervakov said. ``We will not consider returning to it.''
He gave no other details about the decision.
The programme would have added a fourth manufacturer of regional jets to a burgeoning market dominated by Canada's Bombardier Inc. (Toronto:BBDa.TO - news) (Toronto:BBDb.TO - news), followed by Embracer (NYSE:ERJ - news) and Fairchild Dornier.
Chervakov added Sukhoi had not given up on intentions to produce a civilian aircraft of its own. The firm is working toward beginning production of a business jet by 2010.
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