MAKS: Chechen carrier set to strike Superjet deal

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Grozny-Avia has emerged as a prospective recipient Sukhoi Superjet 100s, which it appears to favour over the Antonov-An-148.

The government of Chechnya, which owns the carrier, has shown interest in acquiring up to eight of the regional jets, including a VIP variant.

Speaking at the MAKS air show in Moscow, Chechen deputy transport minister Alvi Shakhgiriev said he expects Grozny-Avia to conclude an agreement with Sukhoi shortly.

He says deliveries might begin next year. "Placing an order for Superjets would be in line with personal instruction from [Chechen president] Ramzan Kadyrov," he adds.

Grozny-Avia operates two leased and two owned Yakovlev Yak-42 trijets. Last year, it considered acquiring several Antonov An-148s for fleet expansion and modernisation.