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.
Russian leasing company Ilyushin Finance (IFC) signed a firm order for 10 Antonov An-158s in late June. The $300 million contract calls for Antonov’s manufacturing branch in Kiev to build the airplanes from 2012 to 2014 for delivery primarily to Latin American airlines.
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
Ukrainian airline AeroSvit launched passenger service with the first Antonov An-148-100 regional jet on a June 2 flight between Borispol International Airport, outside Kiev, and Kharkov, in northeastern Ukraine. Built by Kiev’s Aviant and used to gain CIS certification in 2007, the 70-seat regional jet took off from Kiev Borispol at 1:30 p.m. and landed in Kharkov at 2:50 p.m.
Ukrainian airline AeroSvit launched passenger service yesterday with the first Antonov An-148-100 regional jet on a flight between Boyrspil International Airport, outside Kiev, and Kharkov, in northeastern Ukraine. Built by Kiev’s Aviant and used to gain CIS certification in 2007, the 70-seat jet took off from Kiev Borispol at 1:30 p.m. and landed in Kharkov at 2:50 p.m.
Antonov, responding to “strong market demand,” has launched a stretched version of its much-delayed 86-passenger An-148 regional passenger aircraft. The An-148-200 would seat 99 passengers in single-class and be ready for service entry in 2010, said Antonov general designed Dmytro Kiva. “We have identified a market for more than 200 aircraft out to 2015,” he said. “We’ll be ready to flight test the aircraft in 2009.
Russia’s aircraft engine manufacturers are trying to make up ground lost to Western rivals through a comprehensive process of consolidation and restructuring. The success of this change will have an impact not just on the companies themselves, but also on the ambitious new aircraft programs being prepared under the auspices of the new United Aircraft Manufacturing Corp. (OAK) for which new-generation engines are required.
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.
While the Russian regional airline system struggles to realize some semblance of Western-style development, the former Soviet satellite state of Ukraine has assumed a leading position in the fleet renovation efforts under way throughout the former Soviet Union.
The first deliveries of the Antonov An-148 are imminent, general designer Dmytro Kiva said on Tuesday during a press conference here at the Paris Air Show. The first eight examples of the 85-seater will go to Kazakh Scat airlines.