February, 14 2019 - at the Russian Investment Forum 2019 VEB-leasing, the JSC “United Aircraft Corporation” (UAC), “Business Aviation Center” of the Vnukovo airport and the National Reserve Corporation (NRC) signed the Memorandum of Understanding aimed at the SSJ100 corporate airline project realization.
56-seated aircraft with the business layout are supposed to perform irregular flights arranged upon request for corporations, sport teams, concert tours and other purposes.
“Civil production line formation and its promotion to the market is one of main corporation priorities. The niche of the corporate charter transportation is attractive from the point of view of its growth potential, and on the other hand it hasn’t been taken by Russian aircraft yet. The creation of the charter platform with the SSJ100 in its core is another exertion of the state policy of manufacturers support. We think that the business version of the SSJ100 might be the unique product for the market that would be able to provide the best balance of the necessary comfort level and the economy efficiency” – noted Yury Slyusar, the UAC President.
“The support of the aviation industry is one of VEB-leasing’s priorities. The MoU singed will have a positive impact upon the SSJ100 program and will allow to constitute a competitive product and take another niche. We are glad that together with state institutions commercial players show interest too, and that allows feel confident about the prospects of the project” – says Artem Dovlatov, VEB-leasing Director General.
“A year and a half of success for Azimuth airline showed high demand for regional transportation in Russia. Vnukovo-3 is the largest business aviation center in Russia and Eastern Europe with its own developed infrastructure. Our business aviation center will easily provide comfortable ground and flight handling operation and will suit best for the airlines working in this kind of transportation segment” – noted the co-owner of the international airport Vnukovo and the Azimuth airline, Vitaly Vantsev.
According to the terms of the MoU signed the Parties will determine the financial parameters of the project and will prepare the deal structure, and also will consider the volume of aircraft procurements and the detailed roadmap of the project.
Today, during the first day of the Airshow China international airshow held in Zhuhai, China, UAC presented its annual Market Outlook for the next 20 years. According to the forecast, UAC estimates the total demand for new passenger aircraft with more than 30 seats in 2018-2037 to exceed 43.6 thousand aircraft worth over US$6 trillion in 2018 catalogue prices.