* Russia's No.2 airline buys double-deck jets worth $1.7 bln
* To buy six Russian-made Sukhoi Superjet-100 mid-size jets
* Deliveries due in 2015-2017
ST PETERSBURG, Russia, June 21 Russia's
second-biggest airline Transaero has signed a deal to buy four
Airbus A380 superjumbo planes worth a combined $1.7
billion at list prices, and placed an order for Russian-made
Deliveries will begin in 2015, Transaero Chief Executive
Officer Olga Pleshakova told reporters on Thursday.
The privately-owned airline secured financing from state
bank VEB after reaching a provisional agreement to buy the
aircraft last year.
The long-haul A380 jets, to carry up to 700 passengers, will
operate on Asian, Central American and European routes, said
Transaero also agreed to buy six Sukhoi Superjet-100 planes,
with deliveries in 2015-2017, worth $212.4 million, and signed
an option to acquire 10 more. The plane, built using Western
technology, is Russia's first civil aircraft designed after the
fall of the Soviet Union.
A Sukhoi Superjet crashed during a demonstration flight in
Indonesia last month killing 45 people, which industry experts
said could dent the plane maker's ambitious plans to compete
internationally with Brazil's Embraer and Canada's
Transaero is the number two carrier behind state-controlled