Thu, Sep 21, 2006
CEO Says Russian Carrier Will Buy Boeings... And Airbuses
OK... let's try to figure this out. In April, Aeroflot announced
its intention to buy 22 new aircraft. Last week, company directors
met in Moscow... hinting they might supersize their order, buying
up to 44 airframes. But they hadn't decided whether to go with
Boeing or Airbus.
After the meeting, they said they'd decided not to decide. But
wait... we're not finished yet.
As Aero-News reported
Wednesday, the National Reserve Corporation -- a group
that owns 30% of Aeroflot -- signed a deal to keep the airline's $3
billion option to purchase Boeing planes alive.
But a decision to actually buy those planes hadn't actually been
made. And now, for the piece de resistance -- as if we're all not
confused enough already -- an Aeroflot spokesman now says he had no
idea what the National Reserve Corporation was doing.
Well, if you're still confused, this should clear it all up.
Wednesday, Aeroflot's Chief Executive Valery Okulov told Reuters
his company IS going to buy 22 787 Dreamliners, starting in 2010.
But it's ALSO going to buy 22 Airbus A350 XWBs starting in
Okulov says the deal with Boeing is almost complete, but his
team needs to put in a bit more work on the deal with Airbus.
Clear as mud?
THIS is why we at ANN didn't go into automotive sales (or,
for some of us, got out of it quickly -- Ed.) Too stressful...
and too confusing.
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