Antonov completes fuselage assembly of first An-178

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Antonov has completed fuselage assembly of the first An-178, a freighter variant of the An-148 and An-158 regional jet.

The aircraft is set to undergo mating of the wings, empennage and engine pylons.

Antonov expects the An-178 to replace older types including the popular An-12.

“We are certain that the An-178 will take a favourable position among the world’s transport aircraft,” says outgoing president and general designer Dmitri Kiva.

It says the twin-engined jet will be able to serve the commercial and military markets, offering transport of pallet and container freight as well as troop carriage, logistics support and air-drop capabilities.

Kiva has been succeeded in the head role at Antonov following the appointment of Sergei Merenkov, says the Ukrainian industrial policy ministry.