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Mikhail Mishustin: “Our objective is to increase the share of Russian made aircraft to at least 30 percent of the fleets of the country’s major air carriers over the next nine years. Importantly, promising Russian developments have high potential.”

Mikhail Mishustin’s Opening Remarks

Mikhail Mishustin: Year afternoon, friends.

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Meeting on civil aircraft manufacturing and civil aircraft fleet development

Welcome to everyone. Today we are at the Voronezh Aircraft Plant. At my invitation, the heads of the country’s major aircraft corporations and holding companies, who are involved in cooperation programs on building new aircraft, are present here today. This is a good opportunity for all of us to talk in depth about the current situation and the plans for aircraft manufacturing development. We have instructions from the President, who has held a number of sectoral meetings on the implementation of key projects in this area. He has talked on many occasions about the need to develop the network of domestic air routes to reach the most outlying regions of Russia and to provide our people with high quality air service using domestically made aircraft.

During our travels around the country we often visit aircraft companies. I myself have visited a number of backbone aircraft manufacturing plants to get first-hand knowledge of the situation. Last year we visited the industry’s leading plants in Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Irkutsk, Ulyanovsk and Yekaterinburg. In Kursk we saw the latest in avionics. Today I met with the director of the Kursk plant; he reported on their progress at the exhibition. In December, we were in Perm, where we discussed some aspects of developing gas turbine engine building. We have allotted all the necessary resources to complete a range of engines, including heavy duty engines for wide-body planes. And today we are completing this stage of the work. Our task here is to outline a complete picture of the industry and also to determine the short- and long-term plans in this sector.

We have just seen the latest achievements by the domestic industry, including a number of innovative solutions in supersonic civil aviation technology. These are breakthrough technologies, which, I believe, will radically change people’s perception of the quality of flying very soon.

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