747megatop wrote:I will be surprised if Geo Politics isn't a factor in this deal. What about MC 21 as a contender for the single aisle requirement? Who knows if India might consider placing an order for MC 21 in exchange for technology transfer and local production facilities at a time when much of the West is sanctioning Russia and whatever it sells? I am making my comment not knowing the actual merits of MC 21 and it's performance. If anybody has an unbiased technical opinion on MC 21 (leaving aside the biases and politics) please throw some light.
Other than during a few short term wet leases, Air India or any other Indian airline haven't operated any Russian built aircraft in their entire history. The Indian DGCA never approved Russian built aircraft for civilian use in India, even during the height of the cold war when India and USSR were the best of friends. You really think they will start looking at the MC-21 now, with Russia under all kinds of sanctions?