RUSSIAN DESIGN bureaux Tupolev and Yakovlev are the latest concerns to emerge as potential buyers of the bankrupt Fokker aircraft company.

The two have yet to lay down the conditions under which talks would take place, but have promised a deposit of DFl400 million ($240 million) as a sign of their interest in the manufacturer.

"They're serious," says Fokker, adding that the initial plan would be to restart production in the Netherlands. South Korea's Samsung Aerospace is also still in the frame, says Fokker, but speculation about interest from Taiwan Aerospace cannot be confirmed.

Source: Flight International