Russian Technologies has submitted requests for proposals to Airbus and Boeing to supply 65 aircraft to the proposed aviation holding Rosavia.
The state corporation, which is steering the project, has estimated Rosavia's requirement for new Western-built aircraft at 120 units until 2020.
Six carriers, which are scheduled for coming under its umbrella, have around 200 domestic and foreign aircraft, of which a quarter are to remain in service.
Specifying refleeting needs, Russian Technologies director general Sergei Chemezov says: "For the beginning, acquiring 65 foreign aircraft would be sufficient.
"Requests for proposals to Boeing and Airbus envisage placing a firm order for 50 mainline jets plus 15 options. Delivery is to begin in 2010 and be completed in 2016."
Both airframers are requested to submit their proposals for evaluation by Russian Technologies before 12 December.
Chemezov suggests that leases as well as direct purchase will be considered, with the search for funding from domestic and international sources under way.
He will not elaborate on the potential gross value of orders, but indicates that Russian Technologies assumes a price of $45-50 million per aircraft.
Source: Flight International