Flug Revue: There is a chance to revive the Ukrainian Antonov
The Ukrainian government continues to work on its new national airline. Its fleet will consist not only of Airbus planes, but also of Antonov's airliners. In particular, we are talking about five new An-158s, four of which are already at the assembly stage, writes the German resource Flug Revue.
Today, several companies operate on the Ukrainian air transportation market: Ukraine International Airlines, Air Ocean, Bravo Airways, the SkyUp low-cost airline, Windrose and Flag Carrier Ukraine International. Despite this, Volodymyr Zelenskyy is actively promoting the project of creating a new state carrier - Ukrainian National Airlines (UNA).
In this regard, Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Oleksandr Kubrakov and General Director of the State Corporation Ukroboronprom Yuriy Gusev recently signed a memorandum. It says that Antonov must deliver five brand new An-158 airliners to the future state carrier within three years. The first liner will be delivered to UNA within a year.
At the moment, the only operator of this type of aircraft is the state-owned Cuban airline "Kubana", which owns six An-158s.
Thus, SE "Antonov" gets a chance to revive the production of aircraft, which was actually lost after 2014.