Egypt Independent

Egypt considers Russian jets for its national airliner



Russia has offered Egypt a Sukhoi Superjet for its national airline, EgyptAir, an official source at the Civil Aviation Ministry told Al-Masry Al-Youm
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The Russian-Egyptian Business Council’s delegation, currently visiting Egypt and headed by industry minister Denis Manturov, has offered Egypt the superjet, which is a joint Russian-Italian production, the source added.
 
Russia's Ria Novosti news agency quoted Egypt’s Aviation Minister Hossam Kamal as saying Monday that Egypt was interested in purchasing the jet.
 
“This is a modern aircraft with international technologies, it has all the respective certificates from the European Union. We are seriously considering purchasing planes of this class for the Egyptian national airline,” the minister told the agency.
 
Though the minister told RIa Novosti it was too early to discuss the price for the 95-seat jet, the Aviation Ministry source set the price at US$36 million, adding that EgyptAir needs to back its fleet with eight jets to meet a rising demand for aviation services.
 
The source added that Egypt is also awaiting offers from Boeing and Airbus.
 
 
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm