Russia’s Ilyushin Finance Co. (IFC) leasing company is planning to order 22 Irkut MC-21s and up to 20 Sukhoi Superjet 100s (SSJ100s). The deals should be approved by company shareholders at the end of March, IFC CEO Alexander Rubtsov said.
The company placed a firm order for 28 MC-21s, plus 22 options, at the MAKS Airshow in August 2009. With the new contract, the number of firm orders will grow to 50 aircraft. Last month, IFC ordered 32 Bombardier CSeries 300s, scheduled for delivery from 2015 to 2018.
Rubtsov said most of the CS300 and MC-21 aircraft will be delivered to carriers in the Commonwealth of Independent States, Latin America and the Caribbean, where it has previously placed aircraft. Currently, Cubana de Aviacion operates three IFC-delivered Ilyushin 96-300s and four Tupolev Tu-204s.
“[The] MC-21 and CS300 have much in common as 65% of the suppliers in these projects are the same,” Rubtsov said. “So we will promote them on the market in pair. The aircraft capacity is different; those types will supplement each other.” The CS300 can be configured with 120-160 seats and the MC-21 with 150-200 seats.
Both the CS300 and MC-21 will be equipped with Pratt & Whitney geared turbofan engines. The PW1500G for the CSeries received Transport Canada type certification last month. The MC-21 will be powered by the PW1400G.