AN-148-100 regional passenger jet of a new generation will take part in Iran Air Show’2008 to be held from 28 to 31 of October on Kish Island in the Persian Gulf. Heads of Motor Sich JSC, SE Kyiv Aviation Plant AVIANT, SE Ivchenko-Progress, KhSAMC, SE Leasingtechtrans (Ukraine) and Ilyushin Finance Co. (Russia) leasing companies are member of a delegation representing the aircraft in Iran. Dr. Dmytro Kiva, General Designer, heads the delegation from Antonov ASTC.
The Iranian aircraft operators are considering possibilities to enlarge their air fleets with up-to-date passenger regional jets. AN-148 is demonstrated in the country because of great interest expressed by the airlines of Iran to this aircraft. It is planned, that AN-148 will effectively supplement AN-140 turboprops, entered operation in Iran in November 2004, on air routes of the Islam Republic.
According to General Designer, “Iranian customers are always very exacting. That is why their interest to AN-148 is a cogent proof of high competitiveness of the new airplane. Antonov’s specialists and other participants of the presentation will do all the best to strengthen our customers’ confidence”.
During the visit to Iran, the AN-148 will be demonstrated to heads and specialists of leading airlines of the country as well as to high-ranked officials of the country. Members of Ukrainian delegation will conduct a series of negotiations aiming to strength cooperation between our country and Iran in aviation field started more than 12 years ago.
It was initiated in December 1995 by signing the Contract on “Joint production, design, technologies transfer and construction of AN-140” between Antonov ASTC and Iranian company HESA.