History of An-148
At the beginning of 1990s Antonov Design Bureau under the leadership of by P.V. Balabuev started design work on a An-74-68 passenger aircraft. Detail design of the aircraft with the new designation as An-148 was started in 2001.
Àn-74ÒÊ-300 transport aircraft was taken as a basis. The wing was designed from scratch, fuselage length was extended and engines D-436-148 with FADEC system were used. Production of the first 3 prototypes started in Kiev in 2002. Preparations for serial production began in 2003 in Kharkov and Voronezh.
In September 2004 the production of the first prototype was completed in Kiev. On November 17, 2004 An-148 has completed its first flight from “Svyatoshino” aerodrome. In April 2005 the second prototype joined the flight tests. Certification tests lasted two years. Within this period two prototypes have carried out 682 flights with total validity of 1200 hours.
The aircraft have confirmed the declared aerodynamic and strength characteristics including high angles of attack, stall regimes, conditions of highland, high and low temperatures (from -55° up to +45°Ñ), natural and critical icing regimes, different conditions of landing strips.
On February 26, 2007 An-148 aircraft, its D-436-148 engine and AI-450-ÌS auxiliary power unit have received the Certificate of the Aviation Register of Interstate Aviation Committee of Russia (AR MAK) and the State Aviation Administration of the Ukraine.
On July 28, 2009 the first serial An-148 aircraft manufactured at “VASO” JSC has completed its maiden flight.
On December 21, 2009 An-148, registration RA-61701, commenced revenue passenger services with “Rossiya” State Transport Company. The aircraft successfully accomplished Flight FV135 on the central timetable of Russia’s domestic passenger services from Pulkovo-1 in Saint Petersburg to Sheremetievo international airport in Moscow.
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