The first An-148-100EA aircraft ordered by Rossiya special aircraft division has arrived at Vnukovo airport on January 18th, Podrobnosti reports.
An-148-100EA aircraft (tail number RA-61716, serial number 42-03) was manufactured by Voronezh Aircraft Manufacturing Company (VASO). The jet performed its maiden flight on November 16th 2012. The aircraft was delivered to Rossiya special aircraft division on December 30th 2012. It performed ferry flight from Voronezh to Sheremetyevo on January 17th.
It is the first out of two An-148-100EA aircraft ordered by Rossiya special aircraft division. The jets have a special “Salon” configuration. The corresponding contract was signed by the Department of Presidential Affairs and United Aircraft Corporation on December 5th 2011 (its total value is assessed at 2.1 billion rubles).
The second ordered jet (tail number RA-61718, serial number42-05) is being assembled by VASO. According to the contract it should be delivered to the customer in December 2013.
An-148 performed its first revenue flight on June 2nd 2009. At present 14 jets of the family are operated by 4 airlines on 70 domestic routes in Russia and Ukraine. The jets are performing flights to 65 cities of 37 countries.
The monthly flight time of some An-148s has exceeded 400 hours, while the average monthly flight time has reached 320 hours. The daily flight time of An-148 aircraft has reached 18 hours. An-148 jets have transported over 1.5 million passengers.