European ECAs to Fund Russian Superjet Project

(Moscow Times, 13 September 2013, Moscow) European credit agencies will help finance the sales of Russia's Superjet 100 aircraft, Vedomosti reported Thursday. A source close to Sukhoi Civil Aircraft, which produces the planes, said the Superjet has been deemed a European product because 70 percent of its components are European. The move paves the way for European export credit agencies, which can provide government-backed loans without seeking a commercial return, to push the plane on the international market... The U.S. and European financing deals allow the Superjet to compete with its biggest rivals, the Embraier 190 and CRJ 1000, bringing it a step closer to Russia's ambitious goal of manufacturing $250 billion worth of aircraft by 2025.