Bombardier’s Russian partnership plan still 'intact': Arcamone

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Bombardier Commercial Aircraft president Mike Arcamone says plans for a partnership with Rostekhnologii (Rostec) to produce the Q400 in Russia remain "intact" despite the political crisis over Crimea.

Speaking at the UK Aviation Club in London on 27 March, Arcamone sought to dismiss rumours of a breakdown in the relationship.

He says the Canadian airframer is "moving towards signing permanent agreement" licensing Rostec to produce the turboprop for the Russian market.

"First I would like to point out we have a good partner in Rostec [and] that we have signed an MOU, and we are moving towards signing a permanent agreement. We are proud that Rostec has chosen the Q400 turboprop as their aircraft for Russia," he says.

His comments come after media reports quoted Bombardier chief executive Pierre Beaudoin as saying that the deal with Rostec could fall apart because of the political crisis in Ukraine and that the Canadian manufacturer would join any trade embargoes imposed on Russia.

Arcamone says Bombardier does "follow day-by-day the political situation [in Russia" in order to "understand its impact on our partnership", but denies the crisis will delay their mutual plans.

In August, Bombardier and Rostec concluded an MOU to establish a joint venture to build a Q400 final assembly line in Russia. At the time, Bombardier said it was working towards a definitive agreement, subject to regulatory approvals, in 2014.