Consolidating the disparate airliner projects within UAC makes sense. The competition is International, not Irkut versus Sukhoi, Tupolev or Ilyushin.
Will this improve the checkered fortunes of Russian airliner business? It’s the right move to get away from 70 years of Soviet isolation and rules of business. But it's not the last change; more is needed.
The coming year will be crucial for the SSJ100 to find its model for how to support Western airlines. Interjet went half OK but CityJet didn’t. Will Adria be better?
It’s also an important flight test year for MC-21, which needs to pick up speed to certificate in 2020.
The CR929 widebody is now an Irkut project. Will the change improve the chance of keeping the time plan?