Bombardier believes it can "share" Russian market with Sukhoi

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Bombardier is confident it can share the Russian regional market with Sukhoi Civil Aircraft, maker of the Sukhoi regional aircraft.

Speaking to news organization Russia Today from the Moscow MAKS air show, Bombardier's representative in Russia, Sergy Ermolaev, said the Russian market will require delivery of "close to 400 new airplanes" in the regional segment over the next 10 years.

"Of course this is a very attractive market for us, and we have the right product for that," he added.

Asked to discuss the international competitiveness of the Superjet, Ermolaev said: "We have a lot of respect for the Superjet product. We saw it fly here. We saw it flying in Paris. However we believe that this single type of aircraft cannot satisfy all the needs of the market. We are also playing in different niches of the airplanes. For instance, we offer turboprop airplanes, which Sukhoi doesn't produce so we believe we can very successfully share the market."

In tandem with the MAKS show, Bombardier this week launched a new web site dedicated to providing data and availability on the global fleet of previously owned CRJ and Q-Series aircraft.

"The CRJ200 aircraft in particular is seen as an ideal aircraft for the Russian and CIS marketplace," says Bombardier.

The market for new aircraft is also continuing to grow "as airlines in Russia and the CIS seek to transform their fleets", says Bombardier Commercial Aircraft president Gary Scott.

"A number of opportunities exist to replace up to 170 ageing aircraft in Russia and the CIS. We hope to capture a large segment of this market with our optimized families of aircraft because they are well suited to meet the demands of the region's aviation industry."