People visit the 12th Moscow International Aviation and Space Salon in Zhukovsky, Moscow, Russia, Aug. 25, 2015.(Xinhua/Jia Yuchen)
MOSCOW, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- The Russian government will encourage national airlines to buy domestic aircraft instead of foreign planes, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Monday.
"We will provide necessary incentives for those companies that will buy Russian aircraft," Rogozin told Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to an official transcript of the meeting.
According to him, the government will only allow companies using domestically made aircraft to operate routes to the Far East and countries most popular among Russian tourists.
Currently almost 80 percent of all long-range aircraft in Russia are either Airbuses or Boeings, he said.
The government intends to gradually substitute imported aircraft for new models made by Russian companies Irkut and Ilyushin.
Rogozin also presented a report to Putin on the creation of an aviation panel to improve coordination between various government institutions and the industry with the aim of "developing, producing, operating and promoting Russian civil aircraft."