Rostekhnologii complements 737 deal with MS-21 agreement

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Russian state holding Rostekhnologii has complemented its agreement for up to 85 Boeing 737 aircraft with the signature of a deal covering acquisition of 50 United Aircraft MS-21s from Irkut.

At a ceremony attended by Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin - who has recently been critical of Aeroflot's lack of interest in Russian-built aircraft - Rostekhnologii agreed to acquire the MS-21s over 2016-22.

Rostekhnologii says the agreement clears the way for a contract for MS-21 supply to be signed before the end of December this year.

"The contract to supply MS-21s will facilitate the development of advanced technologies in Russia," says the firm.

Irkut president Oleg Demchenko says that, as a result of the agreement, Rostekhnologii becomes the largest domestic customer for its aircraft, adding that the MS-21 has secured agreements covering 190 aircraft.