June 21, 2012 / 7:38 AM / in 6 years

Russia's Transaero signs deal for four Airbus A380s

ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Russia’s second-biggest airline Transaero has signed a deal to buy four Airbus EAD.PA A380 superjumbo planes worth a combined $1.7 billion at list prices, and placed an order for Russian-made Superjet-100s.

Deliveries will begin in 2015, Transaero Chief Executive Officer Olga Pleshakova told reporters on Thursday.

The privately-owned airline secured financing from state bank VEB after reaching a provisional agreement to buy the aircraft last year.

The long-haul A380 jets, to carry up to 700 passengers, will operate on Asian, Central American and European routes, said Pleshakova.

Transaero also agreed to buy six Sukhoi Superjet-100 planes, with deliveries in 2015-2017, worth $212.4 million, and signed an option to acquire 10 more. The plane, built using Western technology, is Russia’s first civil aircraft designed after the fall of the Soviet Union.

A Sukhoi Superjet crashed during a demonstration flight in Indonesia last month killing 45 people, which industry experts said could dent the plane maker’s ambitious plans to compete internationally with Brazil’s Embraer (EMBR3.SA) and Canada’s Bombardier (BBDb.TO).

Transaero is the number two carrier behind state-controlled Aeroflot (AFLT.MM).

Reporting by Gleb Stolyarov; Writing by Maria Kiselyova and Alexei Anishchuk; Editing by Douglas Busvine and Mark Potter

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