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    Russia may start delivering the first 12 Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) passenger planes to Egypt at the end of 2016, Russian Trade Minister Denis Manturov said Tuesday.

    CAIRO (Sputnik) — Earlier on Tuesday, Manturov and Egyptian Minister of Civil Aviation Mohamed Hossam Kamal agreed that Russia must provide the best financial conditions for the deal.

    "We are currently working on this issue, we are talking about the possibility to supply 12 planes plus 12 more planes as an option," Manturov told RIA Novosti.

    Russia could deliver all 24 planes within three years if the Egyptian side makes the decision in the near future, the minister stressed.

    On Monday, Kamal said that Egypt is interested in purchasing Russian SSJ100 aircraft for its national carrier Egypt Air.

    The Superjet 100 is a twin-engine regional passenger airliner, which completed its maiden flight in 2008 before being sold commercially for the first time in 2011.

    Currently, in various configurations and modifications 51 SSJ100 aircraft are being operated by Russian airlines — Aeroflot, Gazpromavia, Yakutia, Center-South, Red Wings, — and Mexican airline Interjet and special units of the Russian Government structures, according to Sukhoi.


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