SOURCE:Flight International
Rossiya slams An-148 reliability

Russian state airline GTK Rossiya, the only current user of the Antonov An-148 regional airliner, has criticised the aircraft's reliability as unacceptable and listed a string of problems including door locks, engine and APU failures.

The reliability of the An-148 cannot guarantee a sufficient level of in-flight safety, Rossiya said in a Moscow presentation on the programme.

The airline has been using the aircraft since June. In the three months to September, including aircrew training flights, the company's five An-148 aircraft flew 1,725h with Rossiya. In that time, 235 problems occurred, requiring over 2,000 man-hours of repair work.

In one 92-day period, one aircraft was unfit to fly for 89 days, Rossiya says.

Rossiya says incidence of technical failure in its fleet occurred once every 344h in the An-148, every 5,355h in its Airbuses, and 2,824h in its Boeing 737s.

 © Antonov

The airline listed five incidents in three months with the An-148's undercarriage, electrical supply system and its flight control system, which has caused particular problems with 31 failures in the three-month period.

Rossiya claims that remedial work to fix the aircraft did not improve reliability. In the three-month period, the aircraft had removed one Ivchenko-Progress D-436-148 turbofan and two AI-450 APUs. The airline says the aircraft requires 3.8 times more man-hours of Class A maintenance than its 50 hour specified amount.

Ilyushin Finance, which markets the aircraft, says the issues with the aircraft are normal problems for a new design: "In the process of use, these teething problems will be wrinkled out, but this takes a little time and we would hope that the manufacturer will promptly work out these issues as they arise, as there is a big demand for this aircraft."

Rossiya has called for establishment of a working after-sales care service for the aircraft by Antonov's parent, Russia's United Aircraft Corporation.

The airline's complaints come just days after another client for the aircraft, Atlant-Soyuz, said it was considering buying the Sukhoi Superjet instead of the An-148s it has on order.

UAC said on September 24 it will invest an additional $232 million in development and production of the An-148 at its Irkut subsidiary.

Last month, it was decided that Irkut would take over management of the An-148 programme from Ilyushin Finance.

Rate this article
Poor   Outstanding
Average rating: 3 out of 5

Click here to check out the highest rated articles

For exclusive news and expert analysis every week subscribe to Flight International print edition. Included with your subscription are 4 FREE issues and FREE delivery to your home or office.

FREE Online Marketing Training

Learn how to reach new customers through online advertising and email marketing, drive traffic through SEO and generate new leads online with Flightglobal's 'What Works Online' webinar series

Don’t miss you opportunity to be trained by the experts

Make the most of the web

Flightglobal is offering a series of FREE ‘What Works Online’ webinars to equip you with the knowledge, resources and best practice advice to help you achieve your business goals

Learn how to reach new customers through online advertising and email marketing, drive traffic through SEO and generate new leads online

Don’t miss this free training opportunity delivered by experts in online marketing