Ilyushin Finance, Antonov sign $300 mln deal for 10 An-158s

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Russian aircraft leasing company Ilyushin Finance Co., part of United Aircraft Corporation, and Ukraine's Antonov aircraft maker signed a $300 million deal on Tuesday to supply 10 An-158 short-haul airliners to foreign customers.

Russian aircraft leasing company Ilyushin Finance Co., part of United Aircraft Corporation, and Ukraine's Antonov aircraft maker signed a $300 million deal on Tuesday to supply 10 An-158 short-haul airliners to foreign customers.

Under the deal, the planes will be supplied to Latin American countries from 2012 to 2014.

Ilyushin Finance has built a portfolio of firm orders and options for 150 An-148/158 airliners for Russian and foreign customers.

The An-158 is a stretched variant of the 85-seat An-148 regional jet with a payload of 99 passengers. It has an increased takeoff weight of 43.7 tons and a maximum range of 2,500 km.

The basic An-148 variant is designed to carry passengers up to 5,000 kilometers. It is produced at the Antonov design bureau in Ukraine and in the western Russian city of Voronezh.

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