Russian lessor Ilyushin Finance is to assume responsibility for remarketing a batch of incomplete Tupolev Tu-214s built by Kazan's KAPO plant.

The airframer has halted construction of three Tu-214 twin-jets, slated for Transaero, citing the lack of working capital.

Finance Leasing Company originally brokered the deal between KAPO and Transaero. But a spokesman for the airline, which has received three of the type, suggests that IFC may acquire rights to the remainder of the batch.

IFC director Alexander Rubtsov says it is working on finalising a relevant agreement with Finance Leasing Company.

"We're studying various ways to develop our business," says Rubtsov. "If Transaero remains committed to taking Tupolev aircraft, we'll consider providing for their construction either at KAPO or Aviastar."

United Aircraft, a parent company for both airframers, has suggested offering Transaero the modernised Tu-204SM variant instead of Tu-214s.

Airframer Aviastar's general manager, Sergey Dementyev, says the plant is preparing to fit out a first example of the Tu-204SM but it has not attracted particular interest from Transaero.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news