Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Ukrainian An-158 presented at Farnborough International Airshow 2010

July 20, 2010 (UKRINFORM news agency). The new generation regional jet An-158, produced by the Kyiv-based Antonov Aeronautical Scientific/Technical Complex (Antonov ASTC), is taking part in the Farnborough International Airshow 2010 in London, the Industrial Policy Ministry has said. "We are presenting to the international aviation community a high-tech competitive product that meets all modern requirements and safety and environmental standards, as well as the wishes of its potential customers," said Dmytro Kiva, Antonov ASTC President, General Designer. The guarantee of that is a combination of technological achievements of leading aviation companies of the world which are involved in the An-158 program, with a rich experience of Antonov in the creation of regional aircrafts, he emphasized.
With the level of comfort of a passenger cabin An-158 corresponds to the most advanced regional aircrafts, and may be employed on a broad network of airfields. An-158 first took off in April 2010. To date, the aircraft has performed more than 30 flights lasting a total of more than 70 hours. Antonov is planning to complete the program of certification tests and obtain a certificate of type by the end of this year. The factory in Kyiv is now performing works to launch the serial An-158 into production in cooperation with partners from Russia and other countries.
Taking part in Farnborough-2010, SE Antonov intends to hold talks with representatives of the aviation industry and aircraft operators of different countries to promote Antonov products and services in the international market. It is also planned to sign several agreements. The Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) is one of the world's most iconic global aviation events. FIA holds a prominent position within the aerospace calendar taking place on a biennial basis (once every two years) over one week in July. The first five days of the show are traditionally trade days only, followed by a weekend where the exhibition is opened up to the public.