19:06 14.12.2009

Ukraine's new An-148 regional jet makes first international commercial flight

The new An-148 regional jet made its first international commercial flight, from Odesa to Moscow (Sheremetyevo), for AeroSvit Airline on Sunday, Interfax-Ukraine learned at Antonov Design Bureau, the aircraft's designer.

The flight took an hour and 50 minutes. In future, the An-148 is scheduled to make three to five flights per week.

Earlier, the An-148 carried passengers only on domestic routes in Ukraine. From July 2 until the beginning of December, the aircraft made more than 460 flights carrying a total of 21,000 passengers.

An An-148-100 aircraft bought by Russia Airlines will start regular flights soon.

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