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MOSCOW, August 19 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's flagship carrier Aeroflot has written to the government with a schedule for purchases of locally-made airliners under orders from Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, the company said on Thursday.
In the next 10 years, Aeroflot's fleet will comprise 126 Russia-produced aircraft, including 50 short-medium-range MS-21 airliners, 40 regional Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) regional airliners, 25 Antonov An-140 turboprops and 11 Antonov An-148 regional airliners, Aeroflot said in a statement.
In July, Putin told Aeroflot Chief Executive Officer Vitaly Savelyev that if the company planned to dominate the Russian market, it had to use planes of local manufacture.
Aeroflot has relied more on American Boeing and European Airbus aircraft in recent years over concerns about fuel economy in Russian and Soviet-built airliners.
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