If China buys the new Russian regional aircraft, the Sukhoi Superjet 100, then Sukhoi could open a logistic center in Beijing and increase its representative staff. Sukhoi’s deputy general director Sergei Sergeyev made this statement, which sounds like a sales plug, at the international Airshow China 2008.
He said, ‘If we have the Sukhoi Superjet 100 project here, we will certainly widen our representation to provide logistical support for our plane in this territory. In the future, we might consider opening a logistics center in China.’
A company official said, ‘There is still a long way to go, but we know how Boeing and Airbus are being active and productive on this market. Our task is to gain approximately the same foothold.’ Which means that Sukhoi has a long way to go as the office in Beijing only has three full-time employees
Sergei Sergeyev said, ‘We have very good contacts with our Chinese partners. We now have a much better understanding of their problems, and they, in turn, got to know us closer. So both of us are comfortable working here.’