Russia Tries to Break Free

An overtly ambitious initiative was announced in March 2017 by Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin who advocated pushing forward the sales of indigenous passenger aircraft to domestic airlines.

The Irkut MS-21 has been developed with the intent of taking a share from the lucrative narrowbody market dominated by the Airbus and Boeing duopoly.
Irkut

This is an act intended to suppress and eventually discontinue in the long term the import of Airbus and Boeing airliner models in Russia. According to Rogozin, who supervises Russia’s aerospace and defence industries, this will become possible thanks to the improvements in the performance and the economics of the Russian-made passenger aircraft expected in the near to mid-term. His eventual target is to achieve a full replacement of the airline fleet in Russia in ten to 15 years.

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