Authorities in Russia's Samara territory have endorsed funds to finance the construction of Antonov An-148 regional jets for the local start-up Air Samara.
The local government is to allocate Rb100 million ($3.3 million) from its budget as an advance payment to the airframer VASO to build three An-148s.
It has also approved a business plan for Air Samara, in which the province owns a 51% stake, whereby the carrier will initially operate six aircraft.
Governor Vladimir Artyakov suggests placing an order for three An-140 turboprops with the indigenous manufacturer Aviakor and says talks to this effect are underway.
"We're aiming to upgrade infrastructure at Samara Kurumoch airport and create a technical support centre for An-148s," he says, expressing hope that Air Samara could open services to Moscow in August.