Moscow, Russia - The Airbus A220, formerly CSeries of Canadian Bombardier, is expected to be certified in Russia before the year-end.
The Russian civil aviation regulator Rosaviatsiya was previously being expected to certify the Airbus's A220 series jets in the middle of this year for operations in the Russian Federation.
We continue to work with the Russian aviation authorities, which are providing us with full support on certification issues and intend to certify the aircraft before the end of 2019,
said Julien Franiatte, the head of Airbus Russia, during MAKS 2019.
Airbus sees opportunities in Russia for the smallest member of its single-aisle jets. The European manufacturer is already in talks with the Russian airline operators.
The state-run leasing companies the Ilyushin Finance Co (IFC) and State Transport Leasing Company (GTLK) has already placed orders for 20 A220-300 jets in total.
The question now is which airline will be the launch operator of the A220-300 in Russia.
At the beginning of this year, the Russian charter operator Red Wings, the only potential A220 operator in Russia by then, canceled its contract with the State Transport Leasing Company for the leasing of six Airbus A220-300.
According to Airbus's latest annual forecast announced during MAKS 2019, there will be a demand for 998 new single-aisle jets in the Russian Federation and CIS countries over the next 20 years.