Switzerland-based Altenrhein Aviation (owned by Pilatus Aircraft) has opened an EASA Part 145 line maintenance station in Kiev, Ukraine. Located on Boryspil International Airport, the facility is dedicated to supporting the Gulfstream G150 and G200. The facility will also serve nearby Zhulyany airport and offers 24-hour AOG service covering the Ukraine and adjacent countries.
Kiev International Airport
Ukraine’s Antonov has come a long way since it was last here at the Paris Air Show, but it still has a long way to go. In February, its An-158 regional jet completed initial type certification and first deliveries are pending. The smaller An-148 model has been in service for some time with launch customers Aerosvit (three aircraft) and Rossiya (six).
JetEx Flight Support opened its second site in Europe with a new facility at Kiev, Ukraine, in September. In addition to further FBOs planned in Ukraine, the Dubai-based company is planning to open a facility in that country next year.
Meanwhile, talks are under way for sites in Lebanon and China. According to Mariya Vynohradova, JetEx business development manager for countries of the
Antonov handed over a second example of the An-140 turboprop to its daughter company, Antonov Airlines, early last month. Engineers removed test equipment and installed 48 seats for passenger charter use.
Although the political crisis in Ukraine kept Antonov engineers guessing about the timing of the first flight of the 52-seat An-148, the airplane took to the air on December 17 from Kiev’s Svyatoshin Aerodrome.
The dramatic victory of Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko and his self-styled Orange Revolution in December last year has brought numerous changes to the government of this former Soviet republic–many geared toward ultimate integration into the European Union (EU).