Russia wants to fly alone without Airbus and Boeing – Science et Avenir

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Russian aviation industry wants to end its dependence on Boeing and Airbus by using locally produced parts to produce 1,000 jetliners by 2030, state industry group Rostec said in a statement.

Foreign aircraft, mostly Boeing and Airbus, account for 95% of passenger traffic in Russia, but Western sanctions have led to a depletion of spare parts.

In August, Reuters reported that Russian airlines must remove parts they can no longer buy abroad from their airliners.

But Rostec, headed by Sergei Chemezov, who worked with Vladimir Putin in East Germany in the 1980s, sees this upheaval as an opportunity to develop a strong and autonomous aviation industry.

“Foreign aircraft will be withdrawn from the fleet,” Rostec said in a written response to questions from Reuters about its plans and the state of Russia’s aviation industry.

“We believe that this process is irreversible and that Boeing and Airbus aircraft will never be delivered to Russia,” he added.

Half of the components and technologies used in the Russian aviation industry in 2021 will come from foreign countries, according to the document “On strategic directions of activity in the new conditions for the period until 2030”, prepared by the government in agreement with Reuters.

Rostec will have to find spare parts – or make them.

“Our immediate goal is to quickly complete the replacement of imported components that were delivered from abroad for promising aviation projects – SSJ-New and MS-21,” Rostec said.

From 2022 to 2030, Russia plans to deliver 1,036 passenger aircraft, including 142 Superjet-News and 270 MS-21s, as well as 70 Il-114 turboprops, 70 medium-haul Tu-214s, and 12 wide-body Il-96s. aircraft., designed locally, according to government documents.

“We do not expect the easing of sanctions and build our plans based on the current difficult scenario,” Rostec said.

(Report by Gleb Stolyarov and Tim Hefer in Paris, French version by Augustin Turpin, edited by Katya Entringer)

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