IR.An-140

An-140
Antonov An-140. Hostomel Airport, Ukraine, 2008
Role Airliner
First flight 17 September 1997
Status Operational
Primary users Ukraine
Iran
Russia
Produced 1997–present
Number built 28 (as of June 2012)
Unit cost
US$9 million
Variants HESA IrAn-140

The Antonov An-140 is a turboprop regional airliner, designed by the Ukrainian Antonov ASTC bureau. It first flew on September 17, 1997. Apart from the main production line in Kharkiv by KSAMC, the aircraft is being manufactured in Samara by Aviakor, and assembled under licence by HESA in Iran (as the IrAn-140 or Iran-140), from Complete knock-down kits manufactured in Ukraine.[1][2] It may also begin assembly in Kazakhstan.[3] It can carry a maximum of 52 passengers.

Versions

VIP – Regional aircraft An-140 in VIP-version is designed to carry up to 30 passengers in high comfort. The passenger compartment of the aircraft can be divided into two or three zones – the exclusive lounge, equipped with four comfortable seats, audio and video, business class and economy cabin, in which it has 26 standard seats with a standard walk.

The base An-140-100 can be built for civilian, military and special purpose: maritime patrol, medical, aerial photography, geological exploration, freight etc.

Civil operators

As of May 2012, a total of 25 Antonov An-140 aircraft are in airline service, with a further 19 firm orders. It is currently operated by the following organizations:


Airline In Service On Order
Ukraine Antonov Airlines 3 0
Ukraine Ilyich-Avia 2 0
Ukraine Motor Sich 3 0
Russia Yakutia Airlines 4 4
Russia Ministry of Defence (Russia)[4] 4 14[5]
Iran Iran Police Aviation 2 0
Iran HESA Airlines 6 0
Total 26 19

HESA IrAn-140

The IrAn-140 is a license-built version of the An-140, assembled by HESA in Iran from Complete knock-down kits supplied by Antonov.[6] As of 2008, 13 aircraft per year were planned to be constructed.[7] There were plans to produce maritime patrol (IrAn-140MP) and freighter (IrAn-140T) versions.[8] 100 aircraft in total were planned to be build; 20 of them were to be acquired by the Iranian government for border patrol and surveillance.[9]

On 9th Nov 2010, during his opening speech of the Kish air show, the Iranian transport minister announced that 14 IrAn-140 aircraft had so far been completed;[10] the first eight entered commercial service on 19 February 2011, after a ban on the operation of the Tupolev Tu-154 came into effect.[11]

Specifications (An-140)

Data from www.antonov.com[12]

General characteristics

Performance

Accidents and Incidents

The An-140 has suffered five major accidents. Two of them had no fatalities, and three had all on board killed.

  1. On December 23, 2002 an aircraft carrying many of Ukraine's top aviation designers and engineers crashed into a mountainside as it was preparing to land in Isfahan in Iran, killing all 44 on board.[14]
  2. The second accident occurred on 12 August 2005 with a HESA IrAn-140 belonging to Safiran Airlines. One of the engines failed and the airplane tried to land at Arak airport with the remaining engine. During landing, the aircraft overran the runway. The aircraft was badly damaged but there were no fatalities. The aircraft was eventually repaired in the early 2010s and is used by HESA as a test bed for a maritime patrol version of the aircraft.
  3. On 23 December 2005,
  4. The fourth accident happened during a training flight on 15 February 2006 near Shahin Shahr, Isfahan Province, Iran. All 5 pilots on board were killed.[17] This airplane was also of the Iranian-assembled variety, HESA IrAn-140.
  5. The fifth accident occurred on September 6, 2008 in Kiev Boryspil Airport. A Southern Airlines Ukraine An-140 coming from Lviv suffered a front landing gear failure (stuck inside the aircraft fuselage). The aircraft landed on a specially prepared foam track using two intact landing gears. None suffered any injuries and the aircraft was put back to service in three weeks after a minor repair.[18]

See also

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

Related lists

References

External links

  • Official website
  • AN-140 at KSAMC
  • Iran-140 Characteristics
  • Presentation in English

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