BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:35 P.M.) – Syria’s state-owned Syrian Airlines is in talks with Russia to purchase the MC-21 passenger jet, the CEO of the company, Talal ‘Abdel-Karim, told Sputnik on Thursday. Syrian flag carrier Syrian Air is discussing with Russia the purchase of new MC-21 passenger jets, the airline’s CEO, Talal Abdulkarim, told Sputnik on Thursday.

“Some time ago, we contacted the Russian side directly to discuss a purchase of MC-21 jets. Our company wants to be the first in buying these aircraft from this high-tech brand,” Abdulkarim said in an interview.

Abdulkarim also noted that this purchase would ensure that the airline’s flight program was implemented and expand Syrian Air’s list of flight routes.

Syria has been in talks with Russia for several months on the purchase of the MC-21 passenger jet; however, the discussions were put on temporary hold earlier this year.

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