Sukhoi Superjet 100. Source: Press photo
Jordan and Russia are negotiating the procurement of several Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) passenger aircraft, Mark Voloshin, Chairman of the Jadara Equipment and Defense Company Board of Directors and King Abdullah II of Jordan's military affairs office consultant on military-technological cooperation with Russia, has said.
"Let me tell you a secret: we are negotiating this issue. At our request, Sukhoi Civil Aircraft has drawn up a letter of intent on the delivery of SSJ100 aircraft to Jordan. It is being processed by appropriate agencies. Once our proposals are approved by His Majesty the King, practical work will begin to prepare the contract," Voloshin told Interfax-AVN in an interview on August 25.
As to how many Superjet planes Jordan was planning to buy, Voloshin said it would be premature to speak about their number until the decision to buy the planes was approved by the King. "The draft letter of intent mentions eight aircraft, four in the principal contract and four as an option. Time will show how many [planes] will actually be bought," he said.
According to Voloshin, the next round of negotiations will be held during the MAKS 2015 international aerospace show that opened in Zhukovsky in the Moscow region on August 25.
"I do not rule out that some documents may be signed at its end. The issue is not easy. Jordan would like to procure the planes under a leasing scheme and use them in a free economic zone enjoying certain tax benefits. This could be a very interesting business," he said.
He said it was planned to station the aircraft on the Aqaba airfield from where flights would be made.
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