Airliner An-148, designed for passenger, cargo-and-passenger and cargo transportations on regional and main lines, prepares to replace An-24, Tu-134, Yak-40 and Yak-42, “Economic news” newspaper writes.

Experts consider that the work of joint Russian-Ukrainian production can compete with airliners of such world producers and Canadian Bombardier and Brazilian Embraer.

But, first of all, to promote the airliner to European markets it is needed to certificate it on accordance to norms of flying suitability of the EU.

Head of MAK Tetyana Anodina considers that the document may be received in 2008, in accordance with the agreement on mutual recognition of flying suitability norms and certificates of July 2004, signed between MAK and European agency on aviation security.

According to plans of repetition work six airliners are supposed to be built in 2007, and 20 airliners in 2008. Russian airlines – Pulkovo airlines and Krasnoyarsk airlines, and Kazakhstan airlines have already ordered 50 copies of An-148.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian airlines also lack for air ships for domestic flights, but An-148 is too expansive for them.


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