of Iran's aviation industry are planning to buy
Ukrainian An-148 planes and arrange their batch licensed production in that
of Iran Air and Iran Air Tour disclosed these plans following presentation of
An-148 at Iran Air Show' 2008.
course of the meeting, Mohammad Alizadeh, managing
director of Iran's HESA production company, noted if
Iranian air industry makes a final choice in favor of
An-148, there will be no problems over its production, the Antonov
aircraft engineering complex press service reported.
have the experience of cooperation with the Antonov
on An-140, and we are sure our new joint program will also be a success,"
to Dmytro Kiva, general
designer of the Antonov complex, Iran distinctly expressed the intention
to buy An-148 and launch its production in a broad cooperation with Ukraine and Russia.
series of regional jets with two engines is being created at the Antonov complex in cooperation with companies from Ukraine, Russia and other countries.
designed for transportations on regional and main lines. The new planes are
called to replace in the air An-24, Tu-134, Yak-40 and Yak-42.
As a base
model, the plane can carry 80 passengers over maximum 5,000 kilometers
at a cruiser speed of 820 - 870 kmph.
In 2008 -
2009 Ukraine is planning to produce six An-148 planes.