The serial production of Bombardier Q400 aircraft will be launched in Russia in 2015. It was declared by the Managing Director of Aviation Projects of Russian Technologies State Corporation (Rostec), Alexei Fedorov, during a conference dedicated to prospects of Bombardier Q400 aircraft operation, ITAR-TASS reports.
The head of Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsiya), Alexander Neradko, also took part in the conference. "The aircraft’s price increases due to import taxes; that is why we and Bombardier took a decision to launch the production of Q400 in Russia. The construction of an aviation plant located in Ulyanovsk special economic zone will be started in August", - Fedorov said. “The final assembly of the turboprops will be started in Russia in 2015”.
According to him, representatives of the Canadian manufacturer will be responsible for quality control and certification of the aircraft in accordance with Canadian specifications. The planned output of the plant is 24 aircraft per year. The number of Bombardier aircraft operated in the country will reach 250-270 ones by 2030.
The head of Rosaviatsiya said that "it is also necessary to plan the construction of a training center for Q400 pilots".
The list price of the aircraft is 900 million rubles. The import duty increases its price by 30%. However, according to Neradko, thanks to provision of subsidies for acquisition of aircraft, the fleet of national carriers is expanding. "About 3 billion rubles per year are allocated for provision of the subsidies", - he added.
Bombardier Director of Business Development and Sales, Russia, CIS and Eastern Europe, Mark Gilbert, said that the low temperature testing of the aircraft has been completed lately. "The liner may be operated at a temperature of –54 C°. Yakutia is the first region of Russia to operate Q400. The aircraft demonstrated good results under conditions of low temperatures", - he said.
It is planned to purchase seven Bombardier Q400 aircraft for Yakut carriers. According to the First Deputy CEO of Yakutia Airlines, Pavel Udod, “in the near term Bombardier aircraft will replace all the An-24s on domestic routes”. "At present the Canadian airliners are performing flights only within the region’s territory, but their geography of flights will expand. At that the fares will be decreasing due to provision of subsidies from the federal budget", - he noted.