First Ukrainian AN-132 Aircraft With No Russian Components Makes Flight

Ukrainian Antonov AN-132D, the first aircraft with no Russian components performed its first flight last week.

The aircraft created by Ukroboronprom’s Antonov has been developed by cooperation between Ukraine and international aerospace firms that includes partners from USA, Canada, UK, Germany, France and other countries – Honeywell, Pratt & Whitney Canada, Liebherr-Aerospace Toulouse SAS, Dowty Propellers, the company said in a statement.

The program was launched in May 2015 and today the aircraft hit the sky. Decision on implementation of An-132 program was based on the request of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia organizations, as well as aircraft operators. An-132D construction is the first stage of the program of creating light multipurpose aircraft of new generation AN-132.

An-132 is designed for short distance and medium-range routes, it will perform a wide range of tasks on transportation; different cargo cabin configurations are available. The aircraft will have a cruising speed of 500 km / h and a maximum cruise altitude up to 9000 m with a maximum payload up to 9.2 tons. In future, a whole family of different purpose aircraft will be developed on the basis of An-132.

An-132 also became the first aircraft, produced by the UOP Aircraft cluster that was created in 2016 as part of the reform strategy of Ukraine’s defense industry. Production and logistic algorithms – used by UKROBORONPROM while working on An-132 – will be used in other clusters.

Aircraft cluster allows Ukrainian aviation industry to operate as integrated, coordinated mechanisms with clear development to deeper integrate into the world market and international standards implementation.

Source: defenseworld.net

Wizz Air to launch four new flights to Ukraine

The Hungarian budget airline Wizz Air announced the opening of four new summer routes from Kyiv and Lviv airports, its press service reported on 13 March 2017:

“Starting 18 June, Wizz Air will operate its second service from Lviv Airport to the capital of Germany, Berlin Schoenefeld as well as three new low-fare services will commence in August from Kyiv to Poznan and Lublin in Poland and Frankfurt Hahn in Germany.”

According to the company, passengers who plan to visit these countries can already book tickets online at the site wizzair.com at rates starting from UAH 579 (EUR19,99).

Earlier in 2017, Wizz Air announced that it is restarting operations from Lviv with flights to Wroclaw and Berlin, which will start from April 2017. At present, Wizz Air offers 19 flights to 8 countries from Kyiv, including routes commencing in the upcoming summer to Nuremberg and Copenhagen.

In November 2016, Wizz Air began to operate two new routes from Kyiv to Hanover (Germany) and Wroclaw (Poland). Before that, the company Wizz Air launched a new route from Kyiv to Bratislava.

In January 2017, Wizz Air’s Chief Corporate Officer Owain Jones told in an interview to Ukranews.com that Ukraine’s upcoming visa-free regime with the EU is a real game changer for the low-cost air carrier. According to him, the implementation of the visa-free regime will cause passenger air traffic to grow. Mr. Owain said that Wizz Air will work to facilitate the liberalization of both the visa regime of Ukraine with Europe, as well to liberalize air destinations, which, together with the problem of infrastructure and the need to have a commercial approach to price formation, remain the main problems for developing low-cost flights to Ukraine.

Ryanair will start working in Ukraine in March

The largest European low-cost airline Ryanair may start working in Ukraine since March 15, 2017, reports avianews.com with reference to the information in the code of the Dutch version of the website Ryanair.

It is reported that the flight information Ryanair of airports in Lviv and Kyiv (“Zhulyany”) found one of the users, who in January reported on the appearance of flight Lviv-Wroclaw, two days before its announcement.

We will remind, earlier the Minister of infrastructure Volodymyr Omelian announced that a new low-cost the fall will begin flights from Lviv to European cities. However, the Minister refused to disclose the name of the company, noting that now there is a negotiation process and by agreement with the carrier, he is not entitled to disclose his name.