Russian IL-96-400M: German media called the likely buyers of the new airliner


The assembly of the first Russian wide-body long-range passenger IL-96-400M is nearing completion, writes German magazine FLUG REVUE, one of the leading European media on civil and military aviation.


In January 2020, at the Voronezh aircraft factory in the final assembly workshop, they began to assemble the first copy of the IL-96-400M. According to the director of VASO PJSC Alexander Yarchevsky, the assembly of the fuselage and wing is completed, and then the tail section and engine pylons will be mounted. Now the main systems of the future airliner are being installed. The assembly is planned to be completed closer to the end of 2020. Then the UAC will begin ground testing and in 2021 the IL-96-400M will go for flight tests.

IL 96-400M is a modernized version of the IL-96-300 of the late 80s. It has become longer by almost 10 meters. Most of the components taken from the cargo IL-96-400T. It is specified that the IL-96-400M will be equipped with new Russian avionics and four PS-90A1 aircraft engines.

The airliner should become almost completely Russian. The share of foreign components will not exceed 10%. The installation of foreign engines is out of the question. By 2024, Russia will also have the PD-35 aircraft engine from JSC UEC-Aviadvigatel. They can be installed in 2 pieces on the IL-96-400M instead of 4 PS-90A1.

With four aircraft engines, the Russian airliner is unlikely to compete with the Airbus A350 or Boeing 787, but the Russians are not looking for it. Buyers of the IL-96-400M will be countries that suffer from Western sanctions and are unable to update their airline fleet.

For example, Cubana de Aviación, the national airline of Cuba, and Air Zimbabwe, the national airline of Zimbabwe, have already shown interest in the IL-96-400M. It cannot be ruled out that interest will be expressed in the DPRK and Iran, whose citizens still fly on 20-40-year-old aircraft.

Do not forget about Russian carriers. Given the vast expanses of Russia, such an aircraft will be in great demand, for example, on the routes Moscow - Vladivostok, or in southern cities during the tourist season.
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  1. gorenina91 Online gorenina91
    gorenina91 (Irina) 26 May 2020 14: 37
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    With four aircraft engines, the Russian airliner is unlikely to compete with the Airbus A350 or Boeing 787, but the Russians are not looking for it. Buyers of the IL-96-400M will be countries that suffer from Western sanctions and are unable to update their airline fleet.

    For example, Cubana de Aviación, the national airline of Cuba, and Air Zimbabwe, the national airline of Zimbabwe, have already shown interest in the IL-96-400M. It cannot be ruled out that interest will be expressed in the DPRK and Iran, whose citizens still fly on 20-40-year-old aircraft.

    - Well, why shouldn't they become "buyers" of this Il-96-400M ??? - After ... all Russian debts were written off to them; then they have a real opportunity to start accumulating new Russian debts ... For them this is a "very tempting prospect" ...
    1. rybalkin-igor Offline rybalkin-igor
      rybalkin-igor (Igor Rybalkin) 27 May 2020 08: 57
      +1
      Soviet debts were written off to them. Effective communist managers in the USSR managed to distribute more than $ 100 billion to all the rogues without the slightest chance of returning them.
      And Russia simply wrote off bad debts.
  2. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 26 May 2020 16: 09
    -3
    Tse is good. However, while IL-96 is produced 0,7 aircraft per year .... Until they bring it, while they test ....

    In general, Airbus trembles with fear ....

    For Zimbabwe, say?
    1. rybalkin-igor Offline rybalkin-igor
      rybalkin-igor (Igor Rybalkin) 27 May 2020 08: 59
      0
      Do you want the plane to be released in a week? For those stubborn like you, they said that the mass production of IL-96-400 will begin no earlier than 2023.
      1. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
        Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 30 May 2020 11: 25
        -1
        And, again, a project named after Khoja Nasreddin?
        Before the crisis, Airbus baked airplanes (which was the largest there) - one per week ... Boeing, certainly, also TO ....

        And IL-96 - there is production over the years on the Internet ... 0-1-1-0. Maximum 3 was a long time ago ....

        Zimbabwe, however?
    2. Peter Rusin Offline Peter Rusin
      Peter Rusin (Peter Rusin) 27 May 2020 10: 13
      +1
      Are you aware that Russia is a co-owner of AIRBAS and owns a little more than 5% of the shares! Only France has more!
      1. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
        Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 30 May 2020 11: 34
        -1
        And, these 5% are kept by VTB, sort of. He also holds and kept pension savings ....
        Then the outlined result is understandable ... especially now, in flightless times ...

        I would have used Boeing to buy shares while they are cheap .... but there is no money.
  3. Arkharov Offline Arkharov
    Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 26 May 2020 19: 27
    -3
    For example, Cubana de Aviación, the national airline of Cuba, and Air Zimbabwe, the national airline of Zimbabwe, have already shown interest in the IL-96-400M. It cannot be ruled out that interest will be expressed in the DPRK and Iran, whose citizens still fly on 20-40-year-old aircraft.

    - touching concern for the citizens of Iran and the DPRK. Interestingly, they will immediately give, or first get a loan?
    1. rybalkin-igor Offline rybalkin-igor
      rybalkin-igor (Igor Rybalkin) 27 May 2020 09: 00
      -1
      And who announced the information, have you already forgotten?
  4. Rusa Offline Rusa
    Rusa 27 May 2020 14: 37
    +2
    Good news. Russia desperately needs such aircraft.
    For example, for routes: St. Petersburg - Vladivostok, St. Petersburg - Khabarovsk, St. Petersburg - Yakutsk.
    Similarly from Moscow.
    Or: Vladivostok - Simferopol, Khabarovsk (Irkutsk, Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk) - Sochi (Simferopol, Anapa, Krasnodar, Voronezh).
    But there is still Kamchatka, Sakhalin, the Kuril Islands, Magadan, Norilsk, Anadyr, Arkhangelsk, etc.
  5. Valentin Spagis Offline Valentin Spagis
    Valentin Spagis (Valentin Spagis) 27 May 2020 21: 56
    +1
    In any case, a 4-engine IL will spend more fuel than a twin-engine aircraft. But he has other advantages. Greater reliability, greater payload and so on.