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Airbus could exand partnership with Russia

A partnership between Airbus and a Russia could someday move into aircraft development, a Bloomberg report says. But it will take a while.

“It will take time to move beyond an existing alliance in Russia that creates freighters from A320 single-aisle passenger planes, Airbus Chief Executive Tom Enders said yesterday in an interview with Bloomberg in Yekaterinburg. Russia’s OAO Irkut Corp. will develop the MC-21 on its own,” Enders said.

The plan is to start small, then go on to bigger projects such as the freighter conversion. “And then maybe, some day, we will be able to also develop aircraft together,” he told Bloomberg.