Uzbekistan gets another aircraft IL-114-100
Uzbekistan, Tashkent, Aug. 29 / Trend D.Azizov /
The Uzbek National Airlines "Uzbekistan Airways" received a newly modified regular passenger aircraft IL-114-100, the Uzbek Airlines reported.
It is the sixth aircraft of this type in the airline's fleet, produced by the Tashkent Aircraft Production Association named after V. Chkalov. The liner is expected to make regular flights on local airlines to CIS countries.
Modern Russian equipment, new U.S Rockwell Collins avionics, Canadian Pratt & Whitney aircraft engines, Hamilton Sundstrand (U.S) propellers, and a Honeywell (U.S) additional power unit have been installed in all IL-114-100 aircrafts.
Moreover, the aircraft is equipped with automatic boarding.
There are 52 passenger seats in the aircraft. The maximal flight range is 1,250 km, with cruising speed of 500 km per hour. The aircraft is very economical in its jet fuel consumption. It is especially important in the face of rising prices.
Uzbekistan Airlines began commercial operations of the modified IL-114-100 in September 2008.
It was reported that the airline management withdrew obsolete aircrafts Yak-40 and Tu-154, routinely deducted from the airline's fleet, in 2009-2010.
"Uzbekistan Airways" is the exclusive carrier in Uzbekistan. It is wholly owned by the state. The fleet has 18 planes in western production, including 10 Boeing (five 767-300 and five 757-200), three Airbus A-310, three medium-RJ-85, and two cargo A300-600F, as well as 15 Soviet-made aircrafts.
It was reported that "Uzbekistan Airways" will buy 16 planes from western producers which would be worth $1.136 billion by 2017.