The Sukhoi Superjet is Russian aviation's hope for the future (photo: dpa)

Russia’s Superjet project must overcome safety concerns

The Sukhoi 100, the first civilian jet built in post-Soviet Russia, was designed in cooperation with Boeing and involves more than 30 foreign partnership companies. A crash last year was a setback for the project, but the biggest threat to its success in saving the nation's aircraft industry is Russia’s poor aviation safety record

THE AIRCRAFT industry constitutes a major part of the Russian economy. Although the energy sector accounts for the lion’s share of both GDP and export revenue, it is plane making that holds the key to the country’s economic future.

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Professor Stefan Hedlund
According to the International Air Transport Association, Russia and other former Soviet republics have an accident rate almost three times the world average
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