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Bombardier froze plans to open assembly line in Russia
The leadership of the Canadian company Bombardier Inc. stated that amid economic tension between the West and Moscow postpones plans to open an assembly line in Russia, writes The Wall Street Journal.
“Given the political and economic situation in Russia, we are putting the project aside for a while. In the next few months, we will be assessing the situation and then deciding whether to move forward,” said Pierre Beaudoin, CEO of Bombardier.
Baudouin did not specify the reason for this decision. The spokesman said that "Bombardier does not comment on political situations," the newspaper writes, recalling that Canada has imposed sanctions against Russia, albeit less severe than those from other countries, such as the United States, and do not affect any Canadian investments in Russia. the aerospace industry, nor Canada's potential partners in Russia.
In August last year, Bombardier signed with Russian companies ROSTEK and Ilyushin Finance Co. a series of protocols of intent to deliver 100 Q400 NextGen turboprop aircraft to the country for Russian airlines on terms of final assembly in Russia. Initially, it was planned to launch the assembly line this year, then the start of the project was postponed until 2015.
The Q400 mid-range passenger aircraft can accommodate passengers from 70 to 86 passengers, its usual price is $ 34 million, according to the Wall Street Journal.