Antonov State Enterprise (Kiev, Ukraine) delivered the fourth regional An-158 jet seating 99 passengers to Cubana de Aviacion. The jet was assembled in Kiev under the contract with Russian leasing company Ilyushin Finance & Co. (IFC), Interfax-Ukraine reports.
According to the enterprise’s press-service, the jet departed from Kiev to Cuba on April 30th and arrived in Havana on May 1st. During the handover ceremony the supplemental type certificate, which allows operating the jet at airports located at heights of up to 4100 meters, was presented to the Cuban carrier, the press-service added. "It is a very important factor for Latin America customers", - Antonov stated.
An-158 aircraft delivered to the Cuban carrier has been assembled under the contract between Antonov State Enterprise and IFC signed in 2011. The first three jets of the type were delivered to the customer in 2013: in April, July and August. It is planned to assemble two more An-158s in Ukraine in 2014.
An-158 jet has a passenger capacity of 99 seats and its range is 2500 km. It is manufactured in Kiev.
According to IFC, the market capacity for An-148/158/168 regional jets for the period until 2025 is about 400 ones. So far the enterprise has orders for more than 130 jets of the type.