Angara orders 10 An-148s from Ilyushin Finance

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Siberian operator Angara Airlines has placed an order for 10 Antonov An-148 regional jets with financial backing from local authorities.

Under the deal with lessor Ilyushin Finance, the Irkutsk-based carrier is to receive five extended 90-seat variants, -100E, over the next two years with an option for a further five in 2014.

Its management company Eastland Group has secured support for the deal from the local government which involves subsidising lease payments and renewing airport infrastructure to meet An-148 requirements.

Apart from 12 helicopters, Angara uses eight Antonov An-24 and three An-26 turboprops for inter-regional services in East Siberia and charter flights beyond.

In July, the carrier lost a passenger An-24 in the fatal ditching in the River Ob.

Eastland Group envisages developing Angara Airlines alongside its investment projects in local tourism and construction industries.

Ilyushin Finance said the agreement had brought the number of orders for An-148/158 family aircraft in its portfolio to 160.

To date, Rossiya Airlines and Polet have received six and two Russian-built examples of the type, respectively.