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Russian Avia Consortium and the Exolus Group Expand Strategic Cooperation for Frigate Ecojet Program
18 September 2013

Russian Avia Consortium  (“RAC”) and the Exolus Group have agreed to expand their 2011 Strategic Cooperation to deepen their work in the development of the optimal global operating platforms for the Frigate Ecojet program.  Frigate Ecojet program involves the development of a new wide-body short/medium haul civil aircraft using a brand new aerodynamic and design configuration in accordance with the requirements made for the next generation aircraft.  The primary goal of Frigate Ecojet program is the development of a competitive range of new wide-body short/medium haul aircraft «Frigate Ecojet» based on a fundamentally new, innovative aerodynamic and structural design.

To date, the Exolus Group has supported RAC in defining the evolution and transformation in the range of the world’s major system integrators’ global operating platforms, focusing on production logistics, airframe production, and vendor selection – while assessing the underpinning risk sharing partnerships, industrial offset agreements, subsidies, and so forth.  These studies were undertaken with a view of defining the most optimal global operating model for the Ecojet integration in view of RAC’s specific strategic, operational, financial and risk management objectives.  In moving forward, RAC and Exolus will move forward with a sequencing of the implementation in the development of a truly unique and best-in-class global operating platform tailored to a new generation of aircraft.

“We have been pleased in working with the Exolus Group to explore and further push the envelope in creating leading innovative global platforms for the integration of next generation commercial aircraft,” said Dmitri Travnikov, General Program Manager, “and we are now excited in proceeding to the next phase of implementation in the development of the platform. As a first step in a new phase of cooperation, we consider formation of the RFP for placing final assembly line and subsequent evaluation of proposals using a unique experience of Exolus.”

“We are thrilled to continue working with RAC in defining the next generation platforms for next-generation commercial aircraft, by leveraging our global resources and core service expertise in crafting complex global platforms for the world’s leading companies,” said France Houdard, Managing Partner of the Exolus Group.

Exolus Group

The Exolus Group specializes in cross-border strategy and transactions:  direct investment, M&A and private equity.  The group comprises three entities, Exolus Consulting, Exolus Capital and Binswanger-Exolus. The former two businesses are specialized in corporate global expansion strategy and cross-border transactions: direct investment, M&A, private equity. They are designed to provide multi-disciplinary solutions to corporate clients, providing holistic decision frameworks and analytical tools that combine the disciplines of supply chain optimization, labor force dynamics, engineering, and tax-legal structuring.

Binswanger, Exolus’s property-focused JV partner, is a full-service real estate solutions and investment firm founded in 1931.  Binswanger, with 3,000 professionals operating in 250 offices globally, goes to market with its global alliance partners:  CH2MHill, global leader in engineering, construction and management, with 30,000 employees operating in 116 countries; and GoIndustry-DoveBid, LSE-listed global leader in Asset Management, Online Auction, and Valuation Services, which operates out of 34 offices in over 20 countries.