July 19, 2017
Wednesday, July 19, was day two of the 13th International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS 2017. It witnessed the greatest number of the Business Program events, presentations, briefings and negotiations. The duration of demonstration flights was reduced for the benefit of creating comfortable working conditions for the professionals who participated in the events.
Contracts and Supplies
The most remarkable event of day two of the MAKS 2017 was the execution of an agreement of intent between State Transport Leasing Company and Joint-Stock Company Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (part of United Aircraft Corporation). The leasing company will purchase up to fifty Il-114-300 regional aircrafts under the document. The preliminary supply contract will be agreed by the end of 2017. As part of the agreement the parties will conduct consultations in order to discuss the principal supply and financing terms, pricing and payment model, the program implementation time frame.
Ilyushin Finance Co. (IFC) leasing company continued working actively during the MAKS 2017 and signed agreements with Russian airlines for the supply of the MS-21 long-haul aircrafts. The lease term is 12 years. Saratov Airlines intends to use six MS-21-300 jets under the operating lease model between 2022 and 2025. The air carrier has chosen its preferable interior configuration, namely: 211 economy class seats, and later will choose an engine between PD-14 and PW1400G.
Furthermore, the framework agreement for the supply of three MS-21 under twelve years' operating lease model, with an option for the supply of three more aircrafts, was signed between IFC and Alrosa, which is currently operating the Boeing 737 and Tu-154 jets. Supplies are scheduled to commence in 2023. Airplanes will be delivered in two-class configuration. By early quarter 4 of 2017, the parties will agree on the principal terms and conditions of the agreement.
Angara, the airlines operating the domestic An-148 aircrafts, decided to expand its fleet by purchasing three MS-21-300. The relevant agreement of intent was signed between the carrier and Irkut Corporation. The company’s management expects that the transaction will be financed by a domestic leasing company.
For the benefit of performing the contract for the supply of the MS-21-300 with domestic engines to Red Wings, Ilyushin Finance Co. leasing company signed an agreement on Wednesday, detailing the fundamental terms and conditions for the delivery of eight new commercial aircraft engines PD-14. They are expected to be supplied in 2022–2023.
The MAKS 2017 witnessed the signing of an agreement between the Perm Territory and Rostec State Corporation for development of the Russian national system of management of aerial distribution of agricultural chemicals. The works to be performed under the agreement include the arrangement of the national agricultural enterprise service center, shaping of an integrated crop area accounting base, the implementation of an electronic system of aerial distribution of agricultural chemicals with employment of GLONASS system. The project phases include the launch of serial production of the T-500 specialized aircraft for the aerial distribution of agricultural chemicals. The first aircraft of this type will дебютирует within the MAKS 2017 flight program.
One of the most important innovations under the MAKS 2017 Business Program is a series of business briefings initiated by OAO Aviasalon. For example, on July 19, United Aircraft Corporation presented to potential suppliers the projects for development of the Sukhoi Superjet 100, MS-21, Il-114-300 and wide-body long-haul aircraft.
The MAKS 2017 hosted participants in the bilateral business meetings held with employment of the MatchMaking system. About 200 meetings were appointed and held on July 19 with support from the Contact Center within the integrated display "Made in Moscow"; 150 more meetings, at the Congress Center.
The forecasts traditionally voiced by the world's leading aircraft manufacturers at the international air shows reflect the prospects for commercial aircraft supplies for the next two decades. United Aircraft Corporation presented to MAKS its market forecast, too. According to the corporation's analysts, carriers will purchase 41.8 thousand new aircrafts, with a capacity of at least 30 seats, worth $5.7 trillion, by 2036. The most important segment, narrow-body medium-haul aircrafts with a capacity of more than 120 seats, will account for 63% of the total number of delivered aircrafts; the segment’s percentage in monetary terms will exceed 55.5%. Wide-body jets will account for 17.8% of sales; regional aircrafts with a capacity of at least 30 seats, for 16.9%. According to the UAC forecast, the Russian market will get 1,170 new passenger aircrafts until 2036.
Airbus presented its vision of the global market future, too. According to the company’s estimates, the fleet of commercial aircrafts in Russia and the CIS countries will double by 2036, forcing carriers to purchase 1,200 new jets worth $156 billion. Narrow-body aircrafts will make up most supplies, 1,000 planes. Christopher Buckley, Executive Vice President of Airbus for Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific, pointed out that the current fleet of the Russian airlines operates more than 300 European aircrafts, the state-of-the-art A320neo and A350XWB jets are expected to be supplied in the coming years.
Professionals from the leading aircraft and space industry's enterprises were brought together by the Business Session "Digital Aircraft Engineering" organized by United Aircraft Corporation and Russian Helicopters Holding.
The improvement of air navigation service is an important factor of air travel development. State Corporation on the Organization of Air Traffic arranged a round table on the promising projects implemented in Russia.
The development of partner relationships was discussed at the session of the Russian-Japanese Working Group on Cooperation in the Aircraft Industry on Wednesday.
The MAKS 2017 hosted the conference "Challenge Accepted – Special Conditions for the Development of Aircraft Engineers in Russia" organized by Boeing Russia and CIS, as well as the Special Economic Zone known as “Titanium Valley” with support from the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation. The event participants discussed the international cooperation prospects, the efficiency of using business support tools. It was ceremoniously announced at the conference that Ural Boeing Manufacturing becomes a resident of the Special Economic Zone and in partnership with VSMPO-AVISMA will launch state-of-the-art business of titanium alloy parts processing.
The program of Day Two placed a special focus on the aerospace industry's succession pool development. Wednesday saw the events of the Assembly "NTI Youth Express to the Future," the International Youth Forum "The Future of Aviation and Space Science Belongs to Young Russia," a panel discussion "University 3.0 as Network Center of Managerial Solutions in the Aerospace Industry", a Round Table on "Interdepartmental Interaction in Science and Education – Experience and Prospects" and a formal meeting marking the 100th anniversary of Soviet aircraft engine design engineer Pavel Solovyov.
MAKS attracts both aircraft manufacturers and investors involved in the infrastructure projects. July 19 witnessed the presentation "Zhukovsky – Opportunities for Investment and Innovations," highlighting a number of initiatives for the development of technology parks, residential construction, social infrastructure arrangement.
Wednesday's official program included a total of 60+ conferences, round tables, briefings and press events.
On day two, the MAKS 2017 was visited by 24,900 people. According to the emergency response team, no offences and emergencies were recorded.
On Wednesday, the air show events were watched by more than 146,100 subscribers in the MAKS 2017 social media.