YEREVAN, July 10. /ARKA/. Armenia’s national air carrier Armavia said it will buy Airbus and Boeing aircrafts. The airliner said in a statement that the company’s top executives who are now attending an international air show in Farnborough (UK) met with representatives of Airbus and Boeing companies and after talks Armavia decided to purchase Airbus and Boeing aircrafts. Armavia said more details will be available only after July 15 when the air-show is over.
Earlier Armavia said it dropped plans to acquire a second Russia-made Sukhoi Superjet-100 aircraft. According to airliner spokeswoman, Nana Avetisova, Armavia and Sukhoi Civil Aircraft failed to reach a compromise.
Armavia, which has a single Superjet, was the first airline to launch commercial flights using the SSJ in April 2011. It was due to take delivery of a second aircraft between June 20 and July 30 this year. The only other SSJ operator so far is Aeroflot, which has eight of the aircraft. Russian media have reported that Aeroflot's fleet has been plagued by technical difficulties. The Superjet's reputation suffered a blow when one flew into the side of an Indonesian volcano during a demonstration flight in May, killing 45 people.
Armavia operates around 100 flights a week to 40 destinations in 20 countries.-0-