22 | BOEING FRONTIERS
7 Aircraft manufacturing is an
important Russian industry,
accounting for 355,000 jobs.
Russia is known for its high-profile
aircraft, notably the Sukhoi-35
and MiG-29, and is continuously
seeking ways to innovate with
commercial airplanes, such as the
Sukhoi Superjet 100, according
to Alexander Basyuk, Commercial
Airplanes sales director for Russia.
As a part of the Boeing strategy
to support market access in Russia,
Boeing assisted with development of
the Superjet. This regional airplane
that seats up to 90 passengers flew
for the first time in 2008, after Boeing
consulted on marketing, design,
certification and testing.
5 Boeing recently opened a
flight training and research
center in Moscow.
Boeing and Russia unveiled a new flight
training center in June. Boeing estimates
that the region will require 22,000 new
commercial airline pilots and 26,000 new
technicians over the next two decades.
The center provides aspiring pilots
with training on 737 and 777 simulators,
a digital aviation team to work on
solutions in a variety of areas, and an
outlet for customers to interact with
“The training facility is a significant
investment in the future of the
transportation industry in the CIS region
and it really differentiates us from the
competition,” Kravchenko said.
The site also offers a research center,
which will focus on civil aviation projects
in cooperation with Russian universities
and organizations. The center will work
on solutions in aviation science, flight
safety, metallurgy, and the development
of assemblies and components.
6 Russia and the U.S. are
longtime space partners.
The Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, which
involved the docking of American and
Russian spacecraft in 1975, marked
the beginning of a longtime space
collaboration between the countries.
For a decade and a half, the two
have shared with others in the operation
of the International Space Station, now
certified to continue through 2028.
For the past five years, astronauts and
cosmonauts have traveled together to
and from the orbiting spacecraft.
“The space station is an engineering
marvel that has enabled us to build
relationships around the world—a
prime example being our relationship
with Russia,” said John Elbon, vice
president and general manager,
Space Exploration. “We will leverage
these relationships as we continue
our journey back to the moon and
on to and Mars.”