Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation plans to unite its Sukhoi Superjet 100 and MS-21 airliners under one brand within five years, a source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.
“UAC has plans to unify the planes for a move to one brand,” the source told reporters.
The Superjet 100 is a short-medium haul passenger aircraft developed by Sukhoi in cooperation with U.S. and European aviation corporations, including Boeing, Snecma, Thales, Messier Dowty, Liebherr Aerospace and Honeywell.
The aircraft is capable of carrying up to 100 passengers for up to 4,500 kilometers. Sukhoi has received over 200 firm orders for Superjet 100 airliners so far.
The Irkut MS-21 airliner is a twin-engine jet with a capacity of 150-215 passengers, currently being designed by Irkut and the Yakovlev design bureau, part of the UAC. The aircraft is designed to replace the ageing Tupolev Tu-154 and Tu-204 on medium-haul routes.