IwasgreatlyimpressedbythemeetingwithMr. Putin. We signed agreements that are vital to our business, our partnership with Russia, and we are happy about that.
Russia is and will remain a very important market for Boeing. On the Russian market and the markets of the CIS countries we observe growth of low-cost air carriers and an enormous progress in the development of the aviation infrastructure. We foresee growing demand for air transportation services and expect stable, long-term growth of the market. About 1,100 aircraft will be supplied to this region, mainly – medium fuselage aircraft.
This is my third or fourth time at MAKS. I love MAKS. This is a large air show, very inspiring, with an amazing flight program. For Boeing this is an honor to be part of this wonderful air show. In my view, MAKS is absolutely comparable to Le Bourget or Farnborough.
BENTROTT MARTINSenior Vice President BOEING Commercial Airplanes
We maintain relationships with Russia and respect what we do together, ensuring, in particular, “supply chains.” Thismustbedone. Today’ssituationistemporary. We value our relations and will continue working with Russia. In this regard, nothing is changing for us. I believe we need to endure some difficult times.
RAY CONNERPresident and CEO BOEING Commercial Airplanes
We greatly enjoyed the visit of Mr. Putin to our exposition. We see it as recognition of our efforts in development of cooperation in all areas, which we have enjoyed for 25 years. Although the political situation has not always been as favorable as we would have liked, our work, our presence on the market are appreciated. It is important to us. This means that our long-term cooperation continues and it has a future.
The similar forecasts for the market development – the forecast announced by Airbus yesterday and today’s forecast by UAC - show that we all have the same understanding of the trends of development of the air transport in Russia. It is clear that in this vast nation of Russia there is a great demand for transportation services that needs to be satisfied; cooperation can help cope with this challenge. I have noted that these forecasts are better than in other regions. Even if in the coming years the development rates are not going to be very high due to economic challenges, in the long-term – and these forecasts are made for 20 years – they are optimistic. They give us facts for having confidence in the future. And understanding: even in difficult times it is impossible to discard what has been accomplished and to end relationships. On the opposite, we need to prepare for tomorrow together.
LIONEL CHAMPEAUDHead of Airbus Group Russia
The Aviation Salon in Moscow is an air show that we always participate in. It’s a possibility to strengthen the dialogue with the Russian industry and our Russian clients. Thisisavitaltasktoday.
We have an ongoing technical cooperation with Russia and an established engineering center. It is very important for us to have relations with Russia that are positive, mutually beneficial and growing.
Any international cooperation allowing partners – clients, suppliers representing various branches of economy and cultures – to work together is positive. We need to use all possibilities to the fullest extent.
BOB LANGESenior Vice President of AIRBUS Group
FRENCH AEROSPACE INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION GIFAS
We have excellent impressions from MAKS. Absolutely wonderful. The French delegation was the largest at this air show. This is a clear sign that the French industry is not involved in politics and values its long-term cooperation with Russia. Both in aviation and astronautics this cooperation is very fruitful, and it will not cease.
MAKS seems to have fewer visitors this time as compared to the last time, but its organization is faultless. During this past decade, we have observed continuous evolution of the Aviation Salon. In many respects MAKS is nearing those standards that we have at Le Bourget. There is something thatis evenbetterthanwhatwehave. It’s the flight program. We expect to have extensive participation of Russian airplanes and helicopters at the next air show in Le Bourget: we have definitely missed them this year. We hope to get to see the MS-21 and maybe even the T-50 in Paris.
THOMAS CHATELManagerin Charge of Europe, Russia, CIS FRENCH AEROSPACE INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION GIFAS