Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Ukraine plans to build 12 Antonov aircrafts

September 28, 2010 (UKRINFORM). In 2011 Ukraine plans to build 12 Antonov aircrafts and further increase their production, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov has said during the conference entitled "Ukraine: Reforms, Competitiveness, Investments". "The aircraft complex in recent years was producing, at best, 5-6 aircrafts per year. In the future, we plan to produce 12 aircrafts," he said. The premier stressed that it is necessary to produce 150-200 planes a year so that Ukrainian aircraft enterprises reach the level of profitability. "Is the Ukrainian aviation complex able to do that? Of course, it is," Azarov assured. He expressed confidence that the Ukrainian-made aircrafts will be in demand in the market. The Kyiv-based state-owned company Antonov was established through the incorporation of Kyiv Aviation Plant Aviant SE to the Antonov Aeronautical Scientific/Technical Complex named after Oleh Antonov in July 2009 and in January 2010 Antonov ASTC was renamed into Antonov SE.