The French Government will recommend the AN-148 airplane using by French air carriers, Director General Morris-Gustav Mami of the Civil Aviation of France said during the Antonov's Day within the framework of the French Air Show Le Bourget, the Antonov Aircraft Design and Manufacturing Complex press-service reported, the Cabinet’s press office informs.
He said that the AN-family airplanes are well-known in France. The AN-124 aircrafts are used in cargo traffic as the best one in France. According to Mami, French aviators praised the promising AN-148 and expect certification of the new plane in Europe.
The An-148, designed by the Antonov Aircraft Design Manufacturing Complex, was created for passenger and cargo transportation of up to 80 passengers for 5,100 km. According to experts, a plane is evaluated at 16.2 to 18 M. USD.
The plane has been elaborated by Ukrainians and French experts and will fit any European airport, representative of the Institute of Civil Aviation Valeriy Romanenko said. The Russian "Volga-Dnieper" also announced about its intentions to purchase 12 An-148 planes.
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