U.S. sanctions delay russian passenger jet by a year

Russia's Aeroflot has agreed to lease 50 of the new planes
U.S. sanctions delay russian passenger jet by a year
19 February 09:27 2019 Print This Article

Serial production of Russia’s first post-Soviet mainline commercial aircraft will be delayed by a year due to U.S. sanctions, the head of state-owned industrial conglomerate Rostec said on Monday, Russian news agencies reported.

Three prototypes have been built and Rostec said on Monday the plane had been set to enter serial production at the end of this year.

But Sergei Chemezov, Rostec’s chief executive, said production would not now start until the end of 2020 due to U.S. sanctions.

The sanctions have cut off imports of components from the United States and Japan needed to make the plane’s wings and part of its tail fin, Russian officials have said previously.

Chemezov said Russia would now have to make the necessary components itself and that would take time.

“The timeline of when we can start serial production is shifting a bit. We were meant to start producing several planes as part of serial production towards the end of this year, but now it will be towards the end of 2020.”

Russia’s Aeroflot has agreed to lease 50 of the new planes.

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