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    ZHUKOVSKY (Moscow region), August 18 (RIA Novosti) - Atlant-Soyuz, the

    Moscow government's official air carrier, and Aviastar, the Ulyanovsk-based aircraft manufacturer, signed an agreement Thursday during the MAKS-2005 air show to deliver and modernize AN-124-100 Ruslan planes and Tu-204S planes.

    Atlant-Soyuz General Director Vladimir Davydov and Aviastar General Director Viktor Mikhailov signed the agreement, which contains provisions for the production of two Tu-204 transport planes and the modernization of four Ruslan planes.

    According to Davydov, the addition of AN-124 planes to the company's fleet will allow Atlant-Soyuz to compete on the large-size and super heavy cargo transportation market, including on the international level because the Ruslan planes do not have foreign analogues.

    According to the agreement, the company's fleet will acquire the first planes as early as in 2006. Atlant-Soyuz is also planning to order two modernized versions of an AN-124 plane.

    The company has been the official air carrier of the Moscow government since 1999. Its fleet comprises four Tu-154s, an IL-96-300, six IL-76s, four IL-86s and a Yak-42.

    The company operates from the Vnukovo airport near Moscow.

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