On October 16, 2007 the working meeting with representatives of AVIAKOR Samara Aviation Plant was finished. Considering the programme of AN-140 regional turboprop as strategically important, ANTONOV and AVIAKOR discussed problems of cooperation within the frames of this programe.
According to the plan of AN-140 manufacture in Russia, approved by the boards of holdings AviaBusiness and Russian machines last week, 10 aircraft will be produced in 2008, 14 in 2009 and 20 in 2010.
Ukrainian enterprises, including ANTONOV ASTC, will have a big share in production process. Nowadays dozens of Ukrainian companies and scientific research institutes are engaged in cooperation on AN-140 manufacture. Among them are Kharkiv State Aircraft Manufacturing Company, Ivchenko-Progress State Enterprise (Zaporizhya), Motor Sich JSC (Zaporizhya), Electronprylad Scientific Production Complex (Kyiv), BURAN research Institute (Kyiv), Kommunar Production Association (Kharkiv), Orizon-Navigatsia Production Association (Smela, Cherkassy region), YUMZ Production Association (Dnipropetrivsk), FED (Kharkiv), Ukrainian Radio Equipment NII (Kyiv), UkrANALIT (Kyiv), Research Institute of Electromechanical Instruments (Kyiv), AVIACONTROL (Kharkiv), Research Institute of Television Technology (Odessa).
As a consequence of the conducted negotiations V.N.Korol, General Director of ANTONOV ASTC and I.A.Garivadskii, Chairman of board of AVIAKOR Samara Aviation Plant signed the “Minutes of the working meeting,” including a list of the main reached understandings.
The parties confirmed the necessity to realize the AN-140 programme jointly and expressed their intention to extend the interaction over all stages of this programme, taking into account the interests of enterprises the partners. They are sure it will provide maximal correspondence of the airplane with the wishes of Russian aircraft operators.
Successful work of the aircraft in Yakutia airline in the North of Russia partially explains interest of airlines of the country for the use of AN-140.
At present, AVIAKOR is completing tests of the second serial airplane to be also passed to Yakutia.
44 Antonov-140 Airplanes Will Be Constructed In Russia During the Next 3 Years