Antonov An-148 Review, Top Speed, Unit Cost, Manufacturer – Ukraine’s An-148 is a relative newcomer to the world of regional twin-engine aircraft, but its start in the market has been sluggish, to say the least.
Antonov An-148 Review, Top Speed, Unit Cost, Manufacturer
|Type||Antonov An-148 Regional Passenger Airliner|
|Unit Cost||$ 30 million|
|Year of development||2009|
|Manufacturer||Antonov / United Aircraft Corporation|
|Engine||The two Progress D-436 turbofan engines each deliver 15,060 pounds of thrust|
|Top Speed||541 mph (870 km/h)|
The AN-148 is one of the smaller aircraft in the company’s lineup and is used primarily as a regional jet passenger aircraft (although some modifications have expanded its use).
AN-148 produced in Ukraine and Russia
The AN-148 is produced in Ukraine and Russia under the Antonov and Voronezh aircraft brands, with 32 aircraft produced so far (2014) and 56 on order.
Operating airlines include Aeroflot and Ukraine International Airlines, as well as other groups operating around the world. The first flight of the prototype took place on December 17, 2004, and the aircraft was officially launched on June 2, 2009.
Comparable aircraft to the AN-148 include the Canadian Bombardier CRJ700, which dominates the market, the Chinese COMAC ARJ21, which is under development, and the emerging Russian Sukhoi Superjet 100.
The overall design of the AN-148 aircraft
The AN-148 has several unique features that make it a particularly high-profile choice for piloting jets, such as the rear wing assembly.
This allows the large monoplane turbofan engines to be lowered under both wings and placed over the leading edge when using the low-profile landing gear.
The cockpit is located behind a short, tapered nose cone that provides a good view of the surrounding airspace. The fuselage is assumed to be entirely tubular, with a tapered rear section and a T-shaped tail assembly.
Rectangular doors on the sides of the fuselage provide access for passengers, and the sides of the fuselage (with integrated rudder) have openings for visibility. The landing gear is fully retractable and consists of two fatigued main landing gear mounts and a two-stage nose mount, with the nose mount located under the cockpit floor.
The An-148 prefers to maintain low ground clearance when stationary, so the engine nacelles are well supported by the high-positioned wings. The cockpit is digital, with five color displays and two controls.
Type of Machine
Propulsion is provided by a Progress D-436 turbofan, providing 15,060 pounds of thrust. Cruising speed varies by model, but according to published data, it reaches about 500 mph.
Capable of accommodating up to 99 passengers
The general crew consists of two people, and the first and second-class passenger layout can accommodate 68 to 99 passengers (or substitute cargo).
The basic An-148 is represented by the An-148-100A, which is a single-row, single-sided cabin layout for 70 to 80 passengers. The two interior cabin layouts can accommodate 68 passengers.
The An-148-100Bc is a long-haul aircraft.
The An-148-100Bc is a long-range variant with an increased range of 2,200 miles (compared to 1,300 miles on the An-148-100A base). The An-148-100E is another long-range variant with an increased maximum takeoff weight of 2,700 miles. The Il An-148 is a variant of the aircraft sold on the Iranian market, assembled locally from kits supplied by Antonov’s Hessa.
Outside the An-148-100 family is the An-158, which has a longer fuselage and increased interior volume to accommodate up to 99 passengers. The An-168 is a passenger aircraft for the business market with reconfigurable seating, while the An-178 is a dedicated cargo aircraft.
They are active in Ukraine, Russia, and the European Union
Antonov’s An-148 is currently active in several civilian markets in Ukraine, Russia, and the European Union, and there is potential for negotiations with other operators.
March 2011 – On March 5, 2011, the An-148 crashed during a test flight, killing six crew members.
February 2018, – On February 11, 2018, an Antonov An-148 on board Saratov Airlines Flight 703 disappeared shortly after takeoff, killing all 71 passengers on board.
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