Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) will bring its airliner development and production programmes together under Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Corporation (SCAC) as part of a reorganisation. In addition to producing its SSJ-100 Superjet, SCAC will assume responsibility for the Ilyushin Il-114V turboprop and the Russian- Chinese widebody joint venture, which SCAC’s design bureau is currently working on. The Irkut MC-21 airliner will also be put under SCAC, which will be rebranded to reflect its new larger responsibilities. The new arrangement, intended to provide a single brand and source for Russian airliners in the international market, was due to be highlighted at the MAKS air show in July. Production of the SSJ-100 is projected to remain at the current level of 35 per year, despite the recent decision by SCAC’s Italian partner Leonardo to reduce its level of participation in the programme. In addition to further sales to Russia’s Aeroflot, SCAC is negotiating a potential follow-on order for ten SSJ- 100s with Mexico’s Interjet.
By David C IsbyFeature