Antonov has conducted a demonstration of the rough-field capabilities of its An-148 regional jet, using a dirt runway at Odessa.
The twinjet, in Ukraine International Airlines colours, conducted two approaches and two departures from the reserve runway, which runs adjacent to the main one.
Odessa airport’s operator says the demonstration was carried out in co-operation with lessor Ilyushin Finance for a promotional video.
“It is the only airport in Ukraine where a dirt runway with a length sufficient for the An-148 survives in working condition,” says the airport management company.
Eight cameras were fitted to the aircraft (UR-NTD) – located on its undercarriage, nose, wings and tail – while another three were used to track the flight from the ground.