Yakutsk - Carriers of Yakutia are preparing to be the launch customers of the upgraded regional turboprop Ilyushin IL-114-300, which will be a replacement for the airlines' aging fleet based on the An-24.
Vladimir Gorbunov, the Chief Executive Officer of the Yakutia Airlines, revealed airline's plans about the acquisition of new regional planes on November 14, during the presentation of the aircraft at the Ministry of Transport of Yakutia with the participation of PJSC Ilyushin Aviation Complex representatives.
Yakutia Airlines will have to replace some planes in its fleet after 2023 when Antonov AN-24s of the carrier are out of operation.
It is vital for us to find ways to improve this aircraft, adapt it to the conditions of Yakutia and adjacent regions. Sakha Republic (Yakutia), combining the efforts of two airlines, Yakutia and Polar Airlines, could probably be the launch customer of this aircraft,said Gorbunov.
According to Gorbunov, the aircraft would provide airlines of the region great advantages in terms of operational cost. The upgraded version of the IL-114-300 should include room for both passengers and cargo because of the need to transport goods and mail in the region.
Gorbunov specified that the airlines of Yakutia are determined to reach the necessary number of aircraft to meet the increasing demand for passenger and cargo transport and are interested in a consolidated order.
The production of modernized IL-114 will start in 2023. The aircraft is designed for autonomous use at the airports that are not equipped with full ground service and limited infrastructure.