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    AEROFLOT PLANS TENDER FOR PURCHASE OF SHORT-HAUL PLANES

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    NIZHNY NOVGOROD, FEBRUARY 17 (RIA NOVOSTI) - In late February-March the Russian airline, Aeroflot plans a tender for the purchase of short-haul planes for interregional operations.

    The most promising developments by Russian aircraft manufacturers are under consideration already now, said OAO Aeroflot-Russian Airlines deputy director general for long-term planning Sergei Kharitonov. He spoke at a Tuesday forum Aeroflot's Policy on the Russian Air Transportation Market Within the Transportation Strategy of the Russian Federation.

    Interregional operations are making use of mostly two planes, the An-24 and Yak-40. The former will be beyond its service life in 2005 and the latter will remain in service until 2007-2008.

    Today Aeroflot is in need of 25 to 30 good, functional short-haul planes, 50 to 60 before 2010.

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