New national airline may be formed with Russian help

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The ministry of national development is in talks with Russia's Sukhoi aircraft manufacturer of the formation of a new Hungarian national airline reported M1 News.

Apparently, the Russian aircraft manufacturer pledged to invest in the new carrier and initially, offered six aircraft for the new company. Sukhoi first made the offer last October.

Experts estimate that the new national carrier would generate initially, a profit of EUR 110 million (HUF 34 billion) a year.

Sukhoi Deputy General Manager Yevgeny Andrasnyikov told M1 News that the new Hungarian national carrier would be an excellent springboard for the company to promote its new Superjet 100 aircraft; he emphasized that Sukhoi would be a reliable partner both in success and risk management.

Reacting to the report, Secretary of State for Transport László Tasó said the ministry examines all possibilities that in the interests of the country.

Malév, the former Hungarian national airline, was shut down four years ago, on February 4, 2012, after almost 66 years of continuous operation.

Sukhoi designed its new Superjet 100 regional aircraft with Italy's Alenia Aermacchi. The aircraft was introduced to the public in 2011 and it is now, part of Armavia's fleet.

Depending on the design it can carrying 78-98 passengers; so far 368 aircraft have been sold, mainly to Russian carriers.

(MTI –


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