Ukraine leases An-158 jetliner to Cuba
Source: XINHUA | 2013-4-18
KIEV, April 18 (Xinhua) — Ukraine has leased an An-158 regional
jetliner to the state-run Cuban Aviation Enterprise.
"I am very pleased that we are starting today the serial production of
the An-158 plane. It means, that the aircraft industry in Ukraine
revives," Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said Thursday at the handover
The jet was one of 10 An-158 aircrafts that will be leased to Cuba under
a 2010 contract with the Ukrainian design bureau Antonov and the Russian
leasing company Ilyushin Finance Co..
The planes, manufactured by the Kiev-based firm Antonov, will be
delivered to Cuba between 2013 and 2014. They will service Cuban
domestic flights and routes connecting the island with the Caribbean and
An An-158 jet, which costs from 20 to 30 million U.S. dollars depending
on equipment, is designed to carry 99 passengers and has a range of