Thu, Sep 14, 2006
Board Meets To Discuss Options
Aeroflot, Russia's flag air carrier, will convene a meeting of
its board of directors today in Moscow to discuss the purchase of
Aeroflot's Deputy General Director Lev Koshlyakov told Reuters
"Today we are looking at 22 planes, but that does not spell the end
of the program. Without doubt, Aeroflot's needs are greater."
The board will review offers from both Airbus and Boeing. The
current proposal, worth $3 billion, probably won't meet all of
Aeroflot's future needs. The order could be twice as nice for
whichever manufacturer gets the order, because Aeroflot is thinking
about doubling it.
From the outside it looks like anything is possible with this
order. Koshlyakov said it was possible that Aeroflot could award
the order to either bidder, or split it adding, "Today we are
looking at various options. They propose one producer or two."
As ANN reported last week,
Airbus is not faring well this year in the new sales competition
with Boeing. This deal could go a long way toward helping Airbus
keep pace... or place them even farther behind their archrival.
Koshlyakov says it's unlikely the board will make a decision
today and that the question of doubling the order is not on the
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