Russian, Belarus,Kazakh Airlines Ask For Duty Delay-Prime-Tass

MINSK, Belarus (DOW JONES) -- National airlines of Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan have sent a proposal to the Customs Union Commission to postpone for three years the introduction of duties on imports of passenger aircraft, Anatoly Gusarov, Chief Executive of Belarusian airline Belavia, said at a news conference Tuesday, according to the Prime-Tass news agency.

Russia's Aeroflot-Russian Airlines (AFLT.RS), Transaero Airlines (TRNS.RS), other Russian airlines, and Kazakhstan's main airline Air Astana have endorsed the proposal, Gusarov said.

The Customs Union Commission will consider the proposal on April 16.

The proposal isn't supported by Russia's industry and trade ministry, he said.

"If Russian aircraft producers are able to produce competitive aircraft by 2014, then we will not be buying Boeings and Airbuses and the issue of introducing duties on aircraft imports will not be so painful," Gusarov said.


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