Thursday, April 18, 2013

Ukraine leases An-158 jetliner to Cuba

Ukraine leases An-158 jetliner to Cuba
Source: XINHUA | 2013-4-18

KIEV, April 18 (Xinhua) -- Ukraine has leased an An-158 regional
jetliner to the state-run Cuban Aviation Enterprise.

"I am very pleased that we are starting today the serial production of
the An-158 plane. It means, that the aircraft industry in Ukraine
revives," Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said Thursday at the handover

The jet was one of 10 An-158 aircrafts that will be leased to Cuba under
a 2010 contract with the Ukrainian design bureau Antonov and the Russian
leasing company Ilyushin Finance Co..

The planes, manufactured by the Kiev-based firm Antonov, will be
delivered to Cuba between 2013 and 2014. They will service Cuban
domestic flights and routes connecting the island with the Caribbean and
Central America.

An An-158 jet, which costs from 20 to 30 million U.S. dollars depending
on equipment, is designed to carry 99 passengers and has a range of
3,000 kilometers.

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