United Aircraft is “prepared to seek alternative solutions” should the standoff between Russia and Ukraine disrupt its supply chain.
Ukraine-based manufacturers are responsible for supply of parts and components for Antonov An-148 regional jets and modernised Ilyushin Il-476 freighters built by VASO and Aviastar respectively.
United Aircraft vice-president of economics and finance Vladimir Chirikov does not rule out a possible eventual impact on the supply chain.
“Given our purchase contracts covering this year, we cannot see any immediate risks,” he says. “But problems could arise in 2015. In that case, we’re prepared to seek alternative solutions.”
Chirikov says United Aircraft has the technical documentation and the necessary know-how and facilities to localise manufacturer of the required An-148 and Il-476 aerostructures.
“Co-operation with Ukrainian partners allows us to use advantages of international labour division for cost optimisation. But If bilateral economic relations worsen, we’ll tackle the ensuing situation and ensure that our production plans are not hurt,” says Chirikov.