An-148 will be returned to the Russian skies

UAC is going to restore the airworthiness of six An-148 passenger aircraft in storage and return them to the Russian skies. We are talking about five aircraft that were first with Rossiya Airlines (a subsidiary of the state air carrier Aeroflot), and later with Saratov Airlines (a subsidiary of the leasing company UAC - IFC - Ilyushin Finance Co), and one side of the Angara airline.

It is planned that these aircraft will operate regional flights. About this Russian edition FrequentFlyers said a source in the state corporation "Rostec".

These aircraft were built in 2009-2012. In April 2015, Rossiya Airlines announced their inefficiency and sent them to storage. The aircraft also flew on international flights (transportation of up to 83 passengers per 4,4 thousand km), but due to the higher cost per seat-kilometer, they were taken out of service after the devaluation of the ruble and a decrease in air travel.

In 2017, Rossiya sub-leased the aircraft to Saratov Airlines. One of them crashed on February 11, 2018. Flight 6W703 on the route Moscow - Orsk crashed to the ground near the village of Stepanovskoye in the Ramensky district of the Moscow region 6 minutes after takeoff. Then 71 people died - 65 passengers and 6 crew members, that is, all on board. The air operator's certificate was canceled from the airline, and in March 2018 the remaining An-148 went to VASO for storage.

A number of An-148s are stored at Angara Airlines (one is leased from IFC). But they are partially dismantled and require restoration. Several dozens of An-148s are at the disposal of various Russian government agencies and departments: the Arctic Ocean, the Ministry of Emergency Situations and others.

The An-148 program was closed in 2018, but the components supplied from Ukraine were able to be imported. There are no difficulties with servicing the An-148, all technical documentation, including for engines, is available in the Russian Federation. Rossiya Airlines does not plan to revive the operation of the An-148, so it is not yet known who will become the operator of these aircraft.

The publication also recalled that six An-158s are in storage in Cuba - an extended version of the An-148 (manufactured in 2013-2015). But their movement to the Russian Federation is hampered by the need to refuel in countries that have supported sanctions against Russia.
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  1. akropin Offline akropin
    akropin (Alexey) April 21 2022 14: 19
    But their movement to the Russian Federation is hampered by the need to refuel in countries that have supported sanctions against Russia.

    What about a steamboat?
    1. zenion Offline zenion
      zenion (zinovy) April 21 2022 14: 55
      By boat, by plane... Addressed to a friend, money goes around in circles, because the earth is round.
    2. faiver Offline faiver
      faiver (Andrei) April 21 2022 15: 40
      this is not an An-2, dismantled the wings and ala-ul, drive the geese ...
    3. Sergey Kairis Offline Sergey Kairis
      Sergey Kairis (Sergey Kairis) April 23 2022 12: 59
      - Better than a submarine ....
  2. faiver Offline faiver
    faiver (Andrei) April 21 2022 15: 47
    That's right, why stand rotting idle ....
  3. Scharnhorst Offline Scharnhorst
    Scharnhorst (Scharnhorst) April 21 2022 18: 43
    The decision is like a gesture of desperation. There is no need to spend the limited forces and resources of the domestic aviation industry on the restoration of Ukrainian trash. There are many options: sell it to third countries or exchange it for spare parts for the Western fleet of aircraft, cannibalism for your own and for the foreign market (I hope the NWO in Ukraine will put a bullet in the history of the aviation industry of this non-country), sell it to Ukraine (or whatever will happen after the NWO). And it will prioritize the development of high-speed railways and trains of the Sapsan type (on the routes Moscow-Minsk; Simferopol-Rostov, etc.).
    1. faiver Offline faiver
      faiver (Andrei) April 21 2022 22: 29
      aircraft were built in Voronezh ....
  4. orange Offline orange
    orange (ororpore) April 22 2022 12: 59
    This talking shop would be quite realistic - pieces of iron and units can be replaced by other manufacturers, analogues or copies can be made, no question. But what about the engine?
    There are three ways to solve this problem:
    - Adapt the French Sam -146, which is nowhere to be found due to sanctions
    - Wait for the PD-8 to appear
    - Wait for Motor Sich and Antonov to become pro-Russian after the end of AVO and get MOT automatically.
    Obviously, for the sake of 6 aircraft, no one will "collective farm" the aircraft and its units under the PD-8.
    There remains a third option, also very uncertain. Without the revival of aircraft production, this seems doubtful. I can assume that these conversations are being made as an advance payment for the Ukrainian manufacturers Antonov and Motor Sich, so to speak, so that they would not scatter in any direction and know that they will receive support from Russia in the indefinite future ......
    1. whitebeard Online whitebeard
      whitebeard April 23 2022 15: 47
      "Collective farms under PD-8" - this is called remotorization - is a common thing. So you just need to save the planes that will wait for this engine;)
  5. Bulanov Offline Bulanov
    Bulanov (Vladimir) 25 May 2022 13: 52
    And what, in Cuba it is impossible to create a new airline for flights in South America?
  6. igor.igorev Offline igor.igorev
    igor.igorev (Igor) 31 May 2022 22: 25
    We don't have engines for these planes. There are no spare parts for them.