Turkey in Talks to Buy Russian Passenger Planes

Russia and Turkey are in negotiations for the delivery of Russian-made passenger aircraft, the president of Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) Yuriy Slyusar have said, according to the Daily Sabah.

The two countries are discussing issues related to the delivery of the MC-21 passenger plane and the SSJ100, a regional jet designed by Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC), a division of the UAC, Slyusar was cited as telling reporters on Sunday.

“Yes, we are discussing both the MS-21 and the Superjet (Sukhoi Superjet-100),” Slyusar said when asked the related question.

Manufactured by Irkut Corporation, the medium-haul MC-21 passenger plane made its debut abroad by flying to Istanbul to attend Teknofest, Turkey’s largest technology, and aerospace event, in September.

The aircraft, with the widest body in its class, has a 211 passenger capacity and 6,000 kilometers flight range and is 42.20 meters in length with a 35.90-meter wingspan.

The SSJ100 is a 100-seat regional jet that in 2008 successfully accomplished its first flight.

Ankara and Moscow were previously also said to have been discussing delivery of Su-35 fighter jets as well as co-manufacturing some components of the Russian-made jets.

At a visit to International Aviation and Space Salon (MAKS) on Aug. 27, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was shown the newest generation of Russian stealth aircraft, the Su-57 fighter jet, Su-35 fighter jets, the Ka-52 military helicopter, and Mi-38 transport helicopter.