An Egyptian airline is thinking to purchase up to 10 Russian aircraft in a deal with Sukhoi Civil Aircraft that could also lead the creation of a tour agency to modernise flights between Moscow and Cairo.
Egyptian Leisure Airlines will buy four SSJ-100 jets immediately and possibly six additional aircraft within the scope of a memorandum of understanding signed on Tuesday, Russian and Egyptian authorities said.
"What is being signed today is not a contract, it is a memorandum of understanding," Evgeny Andrachnikov, senior vice president of Sukhoi Civil Aircraft, told Reuters in Cairo.
Egypt's Civil Aviation Minister Hossam Kamal said after the agreement the first party of aircraft would primarily be used intrastate before being used for transporting Russian tourists.
"I expect the resumption of Russian flights in the first half of the year," he stated.
Russian President Vladimir Putin also announced Russia would lift all restrictions on flights to Egypt.
Moscow suspended all civilian flights to Egypt after a Russian plane - Metrojet Flight 9268 - crashed in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula October 31 as it was en route to St. Petersburg from the Red Sea resort of Sharm el Sheikh., killing all 224 passengers on board
Russia also confirmed that its passenger plane that crashed in Egypt was brought down by "terrorist attack."