UPDATE 2-Boeing gets plane order from Russia state firm

* Russian Technologies orders up to 65 Boeing planes

* Aeroflot says looking at more Airbus A320 aircraft

* State concern will also buy Russian-made planes

(Adds Aeroflot seeking more Airbus planes)

By Gleb Stolyarov

MOSCOW, June 1 (BestGrowthStock) – U.S. aircraft maker Boeing (BA.N: )
has won an order from a Russian state company for up to 65
planes, nearly half its net order for 2009, beating
European rival Airbus (EAD.PA: ) and a Russian manufacturer.

Buyer Russian Technologies, which operates carrier Rosavia
and has a deal with Aeroflot (AFLT.MM: ) to buy aircraft on behalf
of the flag carrier and lease them, said it would announce
details of the order soon.

“In the near future, Russian Technologies in cooperation
with Aeroflot (AFLT.MM: ) will issue specific orders for specific
models,” Russian Technologies said on its website
(www.rostechnologii.ru).

Earlier, Russian Technologies said the tender, contested by
Boeing, Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (OAK) and Airbus,
was for 50 midrange narrowbody planes with an option for 15
more.

However, Aeroflot said it would continue buying from Airbus.
It has chosen Airbus planes over Boeing in recent years, and
analysts have said the carrier would have to make significant
investment to accommodate new Boeing aircraft.

A spokesman for Aeroflot said it was looking at leasing
another 15 Airbus A320s in addition to the three due for
delivery this year and 13 between 2011 and 2013.

By the end of the year Aeroplot expects to operate 67 Airbus
airliners.

Aeroflot said it could, however, consider the commercial
merits of a Boeing deal.

“If Russian Technologies’ offer (of Boeing aircraft) is in
line with the market or below, we will consider it,” the
Aeroflot spokesman said by telephone.

The two carriers were slated to merge their fleets, creating
a single national champion airline. Aeroflot is effectively
managing some of Rosavia’s holdings while they are prepared for
formal takeover by Aeroflot.

Rosavia was created when Russian Technologies swept up the
debris after the mass failure of a few remaining regional
carriers, once known as “babyflots”, which were created when the
Soviet-era Aeroflot’s monopoly was ended in the 1990s.

The head of Russian Technologies, Sergei Chemezov, has
promised further orders to the United Aircraft Corporation.

The companies are under political pressure to buy new
aircraft from the domestic industry, which is struggling to make
good on a revival plan after a decade and a half of decay.

A new Russian model designed to spearhead that effort, the
Superjet, has been repeatedly delayed.

“In addition, Russian Technologies will purchase
domestically produced planes including the MS-21, AN-148 and
Sukhoi Superjet from the United Aircraft Corporation,” it said.

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(Writing by Melissa Akin and Lidia Kelly; editing by Erica
Billingham and Will Waterman)

UPDATE 2-Boeing gets plane order from Russia state firm