3 Apr 2019 11:35

Pobeda not to be compelled to buy MC-21 instead of Boeing planes - office of Deputy PM Borisov

MOSCOW. April 3 (Interfax) - The Pobeda low-cost airline will not be compelled to buy MC-21 aircraft instead of Boeing 737 Max, a source in the office of Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov told Interfax.

"Pobeda cannot buy MC-21 as an alternative for Boeing 737 Max, considering that the low-coster's economy envisages a mono-fleet. This is the conclusion drawn at the meeting chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov," the source said.

Sometime ago, the Industry and Trade Ministry and the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) discussed the expediency of substituting Pobeda's purchase of 30 Boeing 737 Max aircraft.

"All participants in the meeting, including Aeroflot executives, agreed that the procurement of 30 Boeing 737 Max planes starting in 2020 should not be considered by the Government Import Substitution Commission chaired by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev before causes of the plane crashes become known," the source said.