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Antonov An-148

The Antonov An-148 (Ukrainian: Антонов Ан-148) is a regional jet aircraft designed by the Ukrainian aircraft firm Antonov. In December 2006 the An-148 completed certification testing and on February 26, 2007 received its type certificate with the Motor Sich D-436-148 engines and AI-450-MS Auxiliary Power Unit, a variant of the -9 APU series , from the Interstate Aviation Committee Aviation Register (IAC AR). There are plans to certify this airplane according to Joint Aviation Authorities JAR-25 standards, as the existing certification have already been designed to meet the ICAO Ch. 4 (noise and environmental requirements) as well as the established Western European airworthiness rules.

An-148 is currently produced by Kyiv Aircraft Plant AVIANT, Ukraine, and Voronezh Aircraft Production Association, Russia. Ukrainian Aerosvit Airlines started using An-148 on scheduled domestic flights on 2 June 2009.

On December 13, 2009 the An-148 made its first international commercial flight, from Odesa to Moscow (Sheremetyevo), previously the air-plane was only used on domestic routes in Ukraine. From July 2, 2009 until the beginning of December 2009, the aircraft made more than 460 flights carrying a total of 21,000 passengers. On December 24, 2009, the An-148 was officially presented as an aircraft in regular domestic service in Russia after the Rossiya St. Petersburg-LED-Moscow-DME flight.

Design

The An-148 aircraft is a high-wing monoplane with twin jet turbine engines mounted in pods under the wing. This arrangement protects the engines and wing structure against damage from foreign objects (FOD). A built-in auto-diagnosis system, auxiliary power unit, high reliability, as well as the wing configuration allow the An-148 to be used at poorly equipped airfields. Modern flight and navigation equipment, multifunctional displays and a fly-by-wire system enable the An-148 aircraft to operate day and night, under IFR and VFR weather conditions on high density air routes. The An-148 cockpit features five 15 cm by 20 cm (6" by 8") LCDs built by Russia’s Aviapribor and fly-by-wire flight controls (using technologies developed for the An-70 cargo transport). The main landing gear rotate into wells in the aircraft's belly, the legs being covered by partial doors. The sides of the tires are exposed to the air in flight like in the Boeing 737.

Variants

The An-148-100 regional aircraft is the main model of the An-148. It seats 70 passengers at 34 in pitch (864 mm) or up to 80 passengers at 762 mm (30 in) pitch in a one class 2+3 seating layout. The aircraft is also configurable in a multiple-class layout which can carry fewer passengers, typically with 4 abreast business class.

For Siberian operators, Antonov plans a model with a higher gross weight and additional fuel capacity in the center tank, extending the range with 75 passengers from 1,187 nmi to 1,943 nmi. An “E” variant is also planned to offer a special 2,752-nmi-range, which would serve as a platform for the "E1", capable of for non-stop Moscow-Vladivostok (3,777 nm) services carrying 44 passengers. There are also proposals for a stretched -200 series aircraft, 5.3 m longer which would seat 90–100 passengers.

The list price for the An-148-100 has been set at $18–20 million USD. Antonov claims direct operating costs will be 25-30 percent lower than an Embraer 170.

In April 2005, the An-148, received its first order from Ilyushin Finance Co. (IFC) leasing company and the airline company Krasair signed a lease agreement for 10 aircraft with an option on 5 units valued at $270 million.

- Variant for 40-45 passengers with a range up to 7000 km
- Variant for 10–30 passengers with a range up to 8700 km
- Variant for 99 passengers (claimed as An-158 at the Paris International Air show 2009 at Le Bourget).
- Cargo variant with the side cargo door to handle pallets and containers
- Cargo-passenger variant for mixed airlift
- Special purpose variants (ambulance, different types of monitoring etc.).
- Stretched 200 series in A and B forms (short and long range respectively)

Iran's HESA announced on May 13, 2009 that it will manufacture An-148 under licence in addition to the IrAn-140.

On August 17, 2009, it has been announced that a special version of An-148 will be used as short-to-medium range VIP transport for Russian state leaders. An-148 has been reportedly chosen over Sukhoi Superjet 100 due to security considerations, in particular, due to high ratio (up to ca. 70%) of Russian-made parts in the former, including some of the most critical ones.

Other variants with Western-made engines with thrust of 6000 – 8000 kgf (such as the GE CF-34 family) are being considered.

Current orders and deliveries
Country Orders Deliveries
Russia 144 2
Ilyushin Finance Co. 53
Polet 20
Atlant-Soyuz 30
Rossiya 17 2
Volga-Dnepr >10
KrasAir 10
Vladivostok Air 4
Iran 50
HESA 50
Ukraine 33 1
Aerosvit Airlines 10 1
South Airlines 6
DonbasEnergo 5
Ukrainian Air Transportation Company 3
Lugansk Airlines 2
Ilyich Avia 2
Air Urga 2
Crimea-Trial 2
"ЕES-avia" 1
Kazakhstan 8
Berkut Air 1
Scat Air 7
Cuba 3
Cubana de Aviación (Launch Customer) 3
Bolivia 1
Bolivian Air Force 1
Myanmar 2
2
TOTAL 235 3
Specifications
Measurement 148-100A 148-100B 148-100E
Cockpit crew 2
Seating capacity 68 to 85
Length 29.13 metres (95 ft 7 in)
Wingspan 28.91 metres (94 ft 10 in)
Wing area 87.32 square metres (939.9 sq ft)
Height 8.19 metres (26 ft 10 in)
Maximum take-off weight 38,550 kilograms (85,000 lb) 41,950 kilograms (92,500 lb) 43,700 kilograms (96,000 lb)
Maximum payload 9,000 kilograms (20,000 lb)
Takeoff run at MTOW 1,560 metres (5,100 ft) 1,800 metres (5,900 ft) 1,885 metres (6,180 ft)
Service ceiling 12,200 metres (40,000 ft)
Cruising speed 800 km/h to 870 km/h (497 mph to 541 mph)
Range fully loaded with 75 pax 2,100 kilometres (1,300 mi) 3,500 kilometres (2,200 mi) 4,400 kilometres (2,700 mi)
Fuel consumption 1,550 kg/h (3,417 lb/h) 1,600 kg/h (3,527 lb/h) 1,650 kg/h (3,638 lb/h)
Engine (x 2) Progress D-436-148
Max. thrust (x 2) 6,830 Kgf
15,058 lbf (67.0 kN)
Last updated January 08, 2010
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