Siberia’s Angara to lease two more An-148s

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Siberian operator Angara is to take two more Antonov An-148-100 regional jets on financial lease.

Under an agreement struck with Sberbank Leasing last month, the Irkutsk-based carrier will receive the two 75-seat aircraft by the end of October.

The jets are additional to Angara’s three domestically built An-148s supplied by Ilyushin Finance in 2012.

Angara deputy director Dmitry Sokolov says the type has proved optimal for developing intra-regional services in Siberian climates.

Aircraft manufacturer VASO is also poised to hand over two specially configured An-148s ordered by Russias presidential administration and two by the emergency situations ministry.