Western-built aircraft with more than 100 seats make up 74% of the Russian airline fleet and 28% in the regional fleet. Speaking at last week’s Aircraft Maintenance Russia and the CIS conference in Moscow, Vasiliy Shapkin, head of State Research and Development Institute for Civil Aeronautics, said that in 2011 89% of Russia’s passengers flew in Western-built aircraft. Passenger traffic on Russian aircraft decreased from 9% in 2006, the largest in history, to 5% in 2011. ...

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