Air Transport World

Good intentions in the real world. (dispute over request for U.S. financing of Russian Il-96M project)(Editorial)

When the U.S.S.R. collapsed and Russia began trying to convert to a free market system, Western leaders believed that success of the effort was in everyone's best interests.

In this spirit and with the blessing of the U.S. government, thousands of companies hurried off to the new CIS to stake their hopes and aspirations in new economic cooperations. Sixteen of these were aerospace companies involved in the Ilyushin II-96M program. Those most involved and with the biggest stakes are Pratt & Whitney, supplying the four engines for the widebody, and Rockwell Collins, supplying the avionics package.

The Russian-airframed, Pratt-powered, Rockwell Collins avionics-equipped II-96M has a customer. …

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