Russian state corporation Rostec has cited unresolved pricing negotiations with Bombardier as the main obstacle to localising Q400 assembly work.
Under a joint-venture agreement signed in 2013, the two parties are looking to set up a facility at Ulyanovsk to assemble up to 100 of the turboprops for local customers.
Speaking at the St Petersburg economic forum, Rostec chief executive Sergei Chemezov suggested that the first locally built Q400 could be supplied this year.
“We’ve settled all issues on the technical side,” he says. “But our talks with Bombardier about product pricing are still under way.”
Rostec has secured around 50 purchase commitments for Q400s through its in-house leasing subsidiary Aviakapital-Servis.
“These include preliminary and firm orders. There are such potential customers as Aeroflot and Yakutia Airlines,” says Chemezov.
“The only reason for the delay in launching the project is price, not politics [stemming from western sanctions against Russia].”