State Enterprise “Antonov” has transferred to the Republic of Cuba third An-158 regional jet aircraft and has signed new contract for supply of three more such aircraft.
The ceremony of transfer of An-158 aircraft to Cuba took place during the International Aviation and Space Salon “MAKS-2013”.
According to Ramon Martinez Echevarria, president of corporation “Civil Aviation of the Republic of Cuba”, the purchase of this aircraft became possible thank to the efforts of State Enterprise “Antonov” (Ukraine) and Russian leasing company “Ilyushin Finance Co”. He underlined, that An-158 aircraft meet all international standards and requirements.
According to Mr. Ramon, pilots and engineer-technical personnel, as well as passengers of Cuban Airlines highly appreciated An-158 aircraft. That's why the decision was made to buy three more such aircraft. The shipment is planned for 2014.
[Edit: An-158 regional jet aircraft is designed by State Enterprise “Antonov” (Ukraine) and is produced by this company itself.]