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Russian air agency head makes demonstration flight on Bombardier Q400

January 23, 2014, 20:25 UTC+3 23
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YAKUTSK, January 23 (Itar-Tass) - The head of Russia's Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviation, Alexander Neradko, has made a demonstration flight on Bombardier Q400 in Yakutsk Thursday during the conference reviewing the plane's future in Russia’s Far East.

According to Neradko, “technical characteristics of this aircraft considerably surpass those of counterparts”.

Bombardier also said the plane had performed well in testing against low temperatures, namely the temperature low of minus 54 degrees Celcius that had been recently recorded in Yakutia, said Вombardier director for business development in Russia, the CIS and Eastern Europe, Mark Gilbert.

High-volume output of Canadian Bombardier-Q400 aircraft in Russia will roll out in 2015 as duties push up the price of imported planes, managing director for aviation projects at Russia's Rostec corporation Aleksey Fyodorov told a conference reviewing the plane's future in Russia.

The first stage of production at a plant in the Volga city Ulyanovsk’s special economic zone would start this August, he said, adding that the Canadian manufacturer’s proxies would supervise quality and certify aircraft in accordance with Canadian technical specifications. Planned manufacturing capacity is for up to 24 aircraft a year.

Catalogue price was about 900 million roubles (about $27.3 billion) for the plane but 30 percent import duty increased this for Russian air carriers, he said. Thanks to a subsidisation programme for airlines of about 3 billion roubles (some $91 million) annually, however, Russian aircraft fleets were now expanding, Neradko added.

Yakutia air carriers plan to buy seven Bombardier-Q400. The line's first deputy chief executive, Pavel Udod, said Bombardiers were currently making only regional flights but “will soon totally replace the Antonov-24s on domestic routes”. Ticket prices would fall through federal budget subsidies, he added.

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