On December 29, 2015, ANTONOV Company completed assembly of a fuselage for the second experimental AN-178 medium transport aircraft and aggregates of a fuselage for the first AN-132 demonstrator light transport aircraft. Ceremony of roll out of the AN-178 fuselage and AN-132 nose part was held in one of the ANTONOV’s assembly shops. Congratulating the collective on this result, Mykhaylo Gvozdov, Head of ANTONOV Company, said in particular: «These works were performed in strict compliance with a schedule. So, we are meeting our engagements in relation to our partners and fixed terms of these programmes development».
In the ANTONOV Company’s history the year of 2015 is the year of new ANTONOV transport aircraft. The enterprise completed the AN-178 prototype and began the flight test programme. Demonstration of the AN-178 at the biggest air shows in Paris and Dubai attracted attention of many potential customers. Till present, firm orders for 40 such airplanes were received.
Agreement as for joint realization of the AN-132 programme was reached with KACST – King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia). This aircraft can be most efficiently operated under conditions of Saudi Arabia and other countries of the region. Besides, Memorandums concerning interactions on promotion of the aircraft of various purposes of the AN-148, AN-158, AN-132 and AN-178 families were signed.
In 2015, AN-70 military Short Take-Off and Landing (STOL) transport was adopted by Armed Forces of Ukraine. The special tests programme was begun.
ANTONOV met its commitments on delivery of six passenger regional AN-158 jets to «Cubana de Aviacion», Cuba.
According to Mykhaylo Gvozdov, «Our collective has a lot of work ahead! First of all, it is necessary to decide important problems of import replacement, enter into new markets, establishment of powerful system of the ANTONOV aircraft after-sale support. I wish you a Happy New Year, health, peace, mutual understanding and new achievements»!
In 2016, ANTONOV Company will celebrate two important events: 110th anniversary of Oleg Antonov’s birthday and 70th anniversary since the enterprise foundation. ANTONOV team addressed Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine, with proposal to announce the year 2016 as the ANTONOV’s year in Ukraine.
The AN-132 – intended for short- and medium-haul routes – will have varied use and can be outfitted with a variety of cabin configurations. The aircraft will have a maximum cruising speed of 500 kilometers per hour and a maximum cruising altitude of 9,000 meters with a maximum payload of 9.2 tonnes. Antonov projects a potential market for the aircraft of 200 units between 2018 and 2025. AN-132D maiden flight is expected to be ready for demonstration late 2016.