Russian airliner to dominate Iranian skies
About 100 of Russia's newest airliners could be in service in Iran, according to Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin. Moscow and Tehran are negotiating local production of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ 100) airliner to replace Iran's ageing fleet on regional routes, RT reported.
Russia's most modern commercial jet, the SSJ 100, can be in part be localized by Iranian producers if Tehran makes the political decision to purchase ready-made aircraft, Rogozin told Rossiya 24 TV during a two-day trip to Iran.
Iran has a shortage of modern aircraft due to the long running sanctions imposed by the West. Local airlines are looking for reliable regional jets to fly domestic routes. The SSJ 100 might be a match for Iran's needs, with additional options to come along with the prospective deal.
"If Tehran agrees to purchase the Superjet, we will discuss partial localization of production in Iran," TASS quotes Rogozin as saying.