Vim Airlines, which is based at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport, is IFC’s first lessee for CS300 airliners. As a result, Vim Airlines is in pole position to become Russia’s first airline to operate the Bombardier CSeries family of commercial jets.

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Bombardier and Rostekhnologii have signed a series of preliminary agreements that could see a final assembly line for the Q400 NextGen set up in Russia to produce at least 100 of the turboprop regional airliners for customers there. Rostekhnologii leasing subsidiary Avia Capital Services would buy 50, as would lessor Ilyushin Finance Co.

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Moscow-based leasing company Ilyushin Finance Co.’s shareholders have approved its conditional purchase agreement with Bombardier Aerospace for CS300 jetliners and the deal is now a firm order. It increases total firm sales of the Bombardier CSeries family to 177 aircraft and Bombardier holds lesser commitments on another 211.

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Moscow-based leasing company Ilyushin Finance Co. has signed a purchase agreement to acquire 32 Bombardier CS300 jets and has taken options on an additional 10. The order came the same day Transport Canada type-certified the PW1500G engine powering all CSeries jets.

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