No New Orders For Sukhoi Regional Airliner
It's a start. The Moscow Air Show,
which wrapped up Sunday, reportedly brought some $3 billion in new
contracts for Russian manufacturers. That's a sizable increase
overs years past... but a far cry from such notable Western shows
as Le Bourget, Farnborough, and Dubai.
The recently-created United Aircraft Corp. signed
approximately $1.5 billion in new business, Federal Agency on
Industry head Boris Alyoshin told The Associated Press. Event
organizers claimed a threefold increase overall from the $1 billion
taken in during the 2005 show.
Still, that total is considerably less than the volume of orders
seen at the biennial Farnbourough and Paris Air Shows. During this
year's exhibition in Le Bourget, Airbus alone took in $88 billion
in new business.
The Moscow show was notable for a Boeing 737 order from
Atlant-Soyuz, which is controlled by the Moscow city government. As ANN reported, the charter
carrier signed for four 737-700s. Analysts say the order
underscored the need for Russia's homegrown airliners to advance to
Western safety, noise, and emissions standards.
Somewhat curiously, one of Russia's brightest new projects --
the Sukhoi Superjet 100 regional jet -- received little attention
during the show. No new orders for the 75- to 95-seat plane were
taken; were it not for a sales and service agreement signed between
Sukhoi and Italy's Alenia Aeronautica, the plane would have stayed
out of the headlines completely.
One news item Russia would have preferred to keep out of the
papers was the grounding last week of all Su-24 bombers, following
a crash in the Far East officials believe was caused by technical
issues. Still, the show brought in around $400 million in
military-related business, said Vladimir Poleshchuk, the deputy
head of the Federal Military-Technical Cooperation Service.
Rosoboronexport, Russia's state-owned arms trader, reports
almost 800 companies from approximately 100 countries participated
in the show -- up from 70 two years ago. Delegations from China,
the Mideast, and Latin America made up the largest foreign presence
at the show.
Moscow newspapers reported on poor event organization at the
show, leading to such issues as inadequate toilet facilities and
several traffic jams.