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Russia to supply Iran 100 passenger airliners

By RIA Novosti

Moscow : Russia will sign a deal with Iran to supply 100 Tu-204 and Tu-214 medium-haul passenger airliners, a spokesman of the aircraft manufacturer said Tuesday.

A memorandum of intent was signed last week when a delegation of the United Aircraft Building Corporation (UABC), led by its president Alexei Fyodorov, visited Iran.

The spokesman said a contract, worth an estimated $2.5 billion, would be signed in 2009 and that deliveries would start in 2010.

Iran News daily in Tehran reported earlier Tuesday the country was planning to place an order for five Tu-334 100-seat airplanes in the next five years.

Iran’s Airtour Airline and Russia’s Ilyushin Finance signed a contract for the delivery of five Tu-204 jets in 2007 at the MAKS-2007 air show near Moscow.

The first shipment of the 210-seat planes is due in 2009.

Ilyushin Finance deals in the financial and operational leasing of Russia-manufactured civil aircraft, and provides consulting services.