Creditors for bankrupt Fairchild Dornier, meeting this week, are being told that German politicians hold the key to the airframer's survival. "The ball is now on the German side," says Irkutsk Aircraft Production Association, part of a Russian consortium which aims to buy the company.

Says a Fairchild Dornier source: "For the Russian bid to be taken seriously it is critical to have support from the political and economic circles in Germany and we are now working on it." Administrator Eberhard Braun has previously said that he wants the company to be operational again by 1 January.

Source: Flight International