Aeroflot picks Boeing, Airbus; Putin demurs-media

MOSCOW, July 10 (BestGrowthStock) – Russian flagship airline
Aeroflot (AFLT.MM: ) expects to acquire 22 Boeing (BA.N: )
Dreamliners and 22 Airbus A350s by 2016 as it expands its fleet,
CEO Vitaly Savelyev told Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

“We expect to receive 22 Dreamliners, that is the
Boeing-787s, by 2016, and we also expect 22 aircraft of the
Airbus-350 model, which is currently being developed, to enter
into service,” Savelyev said according to RIA news agency.

However, Putin urged the executive to purchase more
locally-made planes.

“We are already purchasing them,” Savelyev said in a portion
of the interview broadcast on Russia-24 television.

“Not enough,” the prime minister replied.

Boeing last month also inked a deal worth up to $4 billion
to supply 50 737 commercial jetliners to state-owned Russian
Technologies.

The state company is buying the planes on behalf of
Aeroflot, which will lease them. [ID:nLDE65005F]

Boeing is carrying out tests of the 787 Dreamliner, which
achieves greater fuel-efficiency via a carbon-composite body
design. Initial delivers to customers are scheduled for the
fourth quarter. [ID:nN25137973]

The initial test flight of the Airbus A350 is scheduled for
the end of 2012, with deliveries to clients slated for the
following year. [ID:nN02186846]

Aeroflot has also ordered 30 Superjet-100 planes, Russia’s
first new aircraft design since the collapse of the Soviet
Union. [ID:nLDE61827A]

(Reporting by Alfred Kueppers; Editing by Ruth Pitchford)

Aeroflot picks Boeing, Airbus; Putin demurs-media