Ilyushin Aviation Complex Ready to Launch IL-114-300 Batch Production Shortly
PJSC «IL» (forms part of the United Aircraft Corporation) is ready to launch batch production of IL-114-300 aircraft at the earliest possible juncture. These aircraft will be able to replace imported aircraft used by Russian air carriers for interregional flights.
«We realize that the regional aviation market is quite promising, and due to the current political situation, Russian air companies should think about replacing the park with home-made aircraft. We have a lot to offer in this regard. If there is a respective order, we are ready to launch batch production of regional IL-114-300 shortly. The aircraft, with new engines and a new cabin, will be able to compete with aircraft of the largest western producers», said the UAC vice-president for transport aviation and PJSC «IL» general director Alexey Rogozin.
He noted that the company is hoping for large orders from Russian air carriers. «Speaking of the volume, we hope to produce about 12 aircraft annually after 2021», Rogozin elaborated.
Earlier, the Russian president Vladimir Putin, speaking at the Russian transport convention, communicated that he is waiting for concrete proposals from the Russian air companies and sectorial enterprises to increase the number of Russian aircraft in the interregional aviation. A few days earlier, delivering his message to the Federal Assembly, Putin said that in six years half of the interregional aviation flights in Russia is to be performed directly, and there will be no need to fly through Moscow anymore.
IL-114-300 is to replace imported aircraft of such type and outdated AN-24/AN-26. Unlike its foreign analogues, IL-114-300 can take off and land using unprepared airfields. Currently, all the necessary documentation is being prepared to organise production of this aircraft in Russia, and as early as in 2020, the first production IL-114-300 aircraft is to make its flight in Lukhovitsy, Moscow region.