Russia's Transaero could place an order for a batch of Sukhoi Superjet 100 regional aircraft in the coming weeks.
The airline's co-owner and general manager, Olga Pleshakova, has revealed that it is preparing to conclude an agreement to acquire six of the type, plus an option for 10 aircraft, over the next few weeks.
"Sukhoi has come up with several commercial proposals and we've accepted the latest one," she says. "We're now in talks with domestic banking institutions about arranging finance for the deal."
The airline wants to receive two Superjets a year starting from 2015.
Industry sources suggest that Vnesheconombank's VEB Lizing could become its lessor of choice.
Transaero envisages deploying Superjets on short routes requiring high frequency and smaller capacity aircraft. Pleshakova suggests these could be regional services from Khabarovsk as well as from Moscow to Ekaterinburg and Kiev.
Sukhoi has reportedly raised list prices for Superjets by 11-12%, citing an increase in production costs. But Transaero has reached "a fair bargain" with the airframer, according to Pleshakova.
The proposed agreement would bring the number of new aircraft types on its order book to five, the other four being the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental and 787 as well as the Airbus A320neo and A380.