UAC tries to unlock stalled Myanmar An-148 deal

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Russia's United Aircraft and the Myanmar government are still trying to patch up an agreement for two Antonov An-148-100E twinjets, after the crash of a test aircraft put the deal on hold.

Built by VASO in Voronezh, the twinjets were intended for the Myanmar air force. But the loss of aircraft 61708 on 3 March has left the agreement in limbo.

VASO general director Vitaly Zubarev told Flightglobal: "We have built two aircraft but unfortunately one was lost. The customer agreed to take two aircraft at a time, not one by one, and we are interested that the [surviving] aircraft [61707] flies, not stays grounded.

"Therefore we are considering its use on [Russian] domestic routes. Hopefully, a mutually acceptable solution will soon be found."

He further said VASO will deliver newly-built aircraft to two customers, Ilyushin Finance and Sberbank Leasing. VASO plans to deliver five new aircraft this year: four An-148s and an Ilyushin Il-96-400T freighter.

"There will be no deliveries to Myanmar this year," Zubarev said. "Hopefully, next year."