ArmInfo. Head of the General Department of Civil Aviation under the Armenian government Sergey Avetisyan confirmed with the Radio Azatutyun on December 21 that the Armenian and Russian governments discussed the issue of creating a new national air carrier of Armenia. "There was a preliminary discussion, after which no substantive steps were taken," Avetisyan said.
According to the head of the GDCA, the issue of Russian aircraft was discussed, but no steps have been taken yet. "We held only a stage of very preliminary working discussions and all," Avetisyan said, while the head of the GDCA pointed out that at the moment the discussions are not being held, whether they will be resumed in the future, he can not say the Armenian Ministry of Transport informed that on January 24 the Minister of Transport, Communications and IT of Armenia Vahan Martirosyan and the Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov discussed the deliveries of the SSJ-100 aircraft to Armenia as part of the creation of a national carrier in the country.
According to the information, Vahan Martirosyan presented to the Russian colleague the prospects of the national air carrier. The parties discussed the joint project of Sukhoi Civil Aircraft and Consent, according to which the Armenian nationalists will be able to use the fleet of SSJ 100 aircraft. It was noted that some work has already been done in this direction.
In particular, a joint working group was formed with the participation of representatives of the parties in order to develop a roadmap for the project. For the first time, Russian Minister Denis Manturov announced on the sidelines of the III All-Russian Forum of Light Industry in November 2016 about the prospect of creating a national carrier in Armenia with a fleet of SSJ 100 aircraft. The minister noted that the interest in only one is to promote the Russian manufacturer. Recall that in 2013 Armenia remained without a national carrier because of the bankruptcy of the company Armavia, which in 2011 received the first Sukhoi Superjet-100. After Armavia, the country's national air market left the company, unable to withstand competition with Russian carriers, and Air Armenia.