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The UAC Director (Regional Aircraft), Mr Yuri Grudinin, at the aviation expo inHyderabad on Friday. - K. Ramesh Babu
The UAC Director (Regional Aircraft), Mr Yuri Grudinin, at the aviation expo inHyderabad on Friday. - K. Ramesh Babu

“We have started talks with the DGCA for validation for the An-148 series, which we expect to complete within six months.”

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Hyderabad, March 5

Russian aircraft manufacturer United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) has signed deals with three domestic non-scheduled airlines for supply of 18 aircraft in its An-148 series, including 10 cargo carriers, during the on-going India Aviation 2010 meet.

It has signed deals for supply of eight passenger aircraft, with an option for another eleven. “While we are looking to deliver the passenger aircraft from the first quarter of 2011, delivery of the cargo series will begin from the first quarter of 2012, as we need to complete certain certification process,” Mr Yuri Grudinin, UAC Director, told media persons at the India Aviation 2010 meet here on Friday.

UAC, which commercially launched the An-148 series last year, had on display at the India Aviation meet the third aircraft produced at its manufacturing facility at Vronezh, about 600 km from Moscow.

“We have started talks with the DGCA for validation for the An-148 series, which we expect to complete within six months,” he said.

The An-148 series, with seating capacity ranging from 60 to 85, is meant for short hauls, such as the non-scheduled routes.

Mr Grudinin said, at present the two manufacturing units of the company had the capacity to produce nine aircraft annually, which was being expanded to reach about 20 units a year. He said that globally the company had over 50 aircraft in this series on order.

He said the company was planning to set up a MRO (maintenance, repair, overhaul) unit to service its aircrafts after their delivery.

“We will be setting up this unit through a joint venture with an Indian MRO player. We are in talks with a few (local) MRO companies and we expect to finalise a deal soon,” he said.

He did not wish to disclose the price for these aircraft because of the protocol covering the negotiations.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated March 6, 2010)
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