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Russian aircraft manufacturer, South Africa agree to advance new passenger plane

August 20, 2013, 19:47 UTC+3
Business agreement is ready and will be signed shortly, officials say
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JOHANNESBURG, August 20 (Itar-Tass) - Russia’s Irkut aircraft manufacturer has finished talks with South African partners on advancing the future MS-21 long-haul passenger plane to markets of Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).

“A business agreement is ready and will be signed shortly,” the deputy head of the corporation’s regional marketing department, Gennady Prishchepa, told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.

Talks with the head of South Africa’ Pamodzi Investment Holding, Ndaba Ntsele, were held on the sidelines of the first session of the BRICS Business Council.

The agreement mentions 30 MS-21 aircraft with an option to sell ten more after the batch production begins.

“The agreement means Irkut’s entry into the South African aircraft market with a further advance to SSA,” Prishchepa said.

It is quite possible that the document will be signed by the leadership of Irkut and Pamodzi during the MAKS 2013 air show in August. The maiden flight of the new passenger airliner is expected in 2015.

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