Russia's United Aircraft is exploring opportunities for exporting Sukhoi Superjet and Irkut MS-21 twinjets to South Africa.
Speaking at the BRICS summit in Durban, president Vladimir Putin identified aircraft engineering as an area for broader economic cooperation between the two countries.
A source in Putin's entourage says United Aircraft has initiated talks with a view to supplying MS-21s through Rostech-affiliated financial company Aviacapital Service.
He adds: "Discussions are also underway on the potential for supplying Superjets. There is a certain interest in this aircraft type as it is optimally suited to domestic routes here."
The source expects South African counterparts to make a decision on the matter later this year, following the Superjet's entry into service with Mexican carrier Interjet.