Russia willing to help airlines on Tu-204 cost

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Russia's industry and trade ministry has expressed willingness to give financial backing for future recipients of Tupolev Tu-204SM twinjets through state subsidies.

Production costs for the type will make aircraft catalogue prices too high initially and hamper its market appeal, admits deputy minister Yuri Slyusar.

But he says the government could provide subsidies to prospective customers, adding: “The size and terms of the state backing are now under discussion.”

Slyusar refers to domestic carrier Red Wings, which placed orders for 10 aircraft, a consolidated order from the ministries of defence, interior and emergency situations as well as interest in the type from Iran.

In 2009 Iran Air Tours agreed a deal to buy five Tu-204SM passenger variants.The deal, however, was shelved because of controversy stemming from US sanctions against Iran which concerned the PS-90A2 engine developed in collaboration with Pratt & Whitney.

This is not an obstacle any more, says Slyusar, as intellectual property rights on engine components and technologies contributed by Pratt & Whitney have been bought out.

Iranian transport deputy minister for aviation Ali Muhammad Nourian says Russia's government has proposed renewing negotiations about the supply of new passenger aircraft.

“Their capacity is 210 seats and unit price is $35 million,” he adds. “We're studying this proposal.”