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Antonov An-148

Regional Passenger Airliner

Ukraine | 2009

"The Antonov An-148 of Ukraine is a relatively new addition to the world of regional jet airliners - though its market start has been a bumpy one to say the least."

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The Antonov concern of Ukraine holds a long-running, storied existence, particularly in the large aircraft domain where it has manufactured some of the largest cargo haulers in aviation history. The An-148 is a smaller addition to the company product line and serves primarily as a regional jet-powered passenger airliner (though several variants expand on the type's usefulness). The An-148 has seen manufacture in both Ukraine and Russia under the Antonov and Voronezh Aircraft brand labels with some 32 having been completed to date (2014) - some 56 having been ordered. Operators currently include Rossiya Airlines and Ukraine International Airlines among a growing pool of others worldwide. First flight of a prototype occurred on December 17th, 2004 and the product was officially introduced on June 2nd, 2009. Comparable aircraft to the An-148 include the market mainstay Canadian Bombardier CRJ700, the in-development Chinese COMAC ARJ21 and the emerging Russian Sukhoi Superjet 100.

The An-148 takes on something of a unique appearance as jet airliners go, particularly in the selection of a high-mounted, swept-back wing assembly. This allows for the considerably large turbofan engines - one to a wing - to be underslung beneath each wing and held ahead of the leading edge while using a low-profile undercarriage. The cockpit sits aft of a pointed, short nose cone which provides good visibility from the cockpit of the surrounding airspace. The fuselage is expectedly tubular on the whole while being tapered at the rear to which a T-style tail assembly is featured. Rectangular doors along the fuselage sides allow for passenger entry/exit and the fuselage sides (complete with integrated staircases) are also dotted with vision ports. The undercarriage is wholly-retractable and consists of two double-tired main landing gear legs and a double-tired nose leg, the latter under the cockpit floor. The An-148 promotes a low ground clearance when at rest to which the engine nacelles are served well by the high-mounted wings. The cockpit takes a largely digital approach featuring five color displays and dual controls. Power is served through 2 x Progress D-436 turbofan engines developing 15,060lbs of thrust. Based on published numbers, cruising speeds reach approximately 500 miles per hour depending on variant. A typical operating crew is two and a single- or dual-class passenger arrangement allows for between 68 and 99 persons to be carried (or cargo in their place).

The base An-148 model is represented by the An-148-100A designation which seats some 70 to 80 persons in a single-class, single-aisle seating arrangement. A two-class internal arrangement seats a useful 68 passengers. The An-148-100Bc is a longer-range variant which increases operations out to 2,200 miles (from the 1,300 miles showcased through the base An-148-100A). The An-148-100E is another long-range model with an increased Maximum Take-Off Weight and can reach out to 2,700 miles. The IrAn-148 is an Iranian market airliner form which is locally assembled from kits delivered from Antonov by the HESA concern.

Beyond he An-148-100 family is the An-158 which is given a lengthened fuselage for greater internal volume and, thusly, room for more passenger seating - up to 99 in a single-class arrangement. The An-168 is a business market passenger hauler with variable seating numbers depending on the configuration and the An-178 is a dedicated cargo hauler.

The Antonov An-148 currently serves several civilian markets in the Ukraine, Russia and the European Union with other possible operators in talks.

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March 2011 - An An-148 broke up in mid-flight during the aircraft's test phase, killing its crew of six, on March 5th, 2011.

February 2018 - An Antonov An-148 airliner, operating under the colors of Saratov Airlines (Flight 703), was lost on February 11th, 2018 shortly after taking off. All 71 aboard were killed.

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Antonov An-148-100A Regional Passenger Airliner.
2 x Progress D-436 turbofan engines developing 15,060lb of thrust each.
513 mph
825 kph | 445 kts
Max Speed
40,026 ft
12,200 m | 8 miles
Service Ceiling
1,305 miles
2,100 km | 1,134 nm
Operational Range
City-to-City Ranges
Operational range when compared to distances between major cities (in KM).
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Antonov An-148-100A Regional Passenger Airliner.
95.6 ft
29.13 m
O/A Length
94.8 ft
(28.91 m)
O/A Width
26.9 ft
(8.20 m)
O/A Height
84,988 lb
(38,550 kg)
Design Balance
The three qualities reflected below are altitude, speed, and range. The more full the box, the more balanced the design.
Notable series variants as part of the Antonov An-148 family line.
An-148 - Base Series Designation
An-148-100A - Base Passenger Hauler
An-148-100Bc - Longer-range An-148
An-148-100E - Increased-range An-148 with increased MTOW.
An-158 - Lengthened fuselage for increased passenger seating.
An-168 - Business market model; seating for up to 40.
An-178 - Dedicated cargo hauler
IrAn-148 - Locally-assembled Iranian An-148 by HESA.
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Antonov An-148. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 42 Units

Contractor(s): Antonov - Ukraine
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Relative Max Speed
Hi: 750mph
Lo: 375mph
Aircraft Max Listed Speed (513mph).

Graph Average of 563 MPH.
Era Crossover
Pie graph section
Showcasing Aircraft Era Crossover (if any)
Max Alt Visualization
Small airplane graphic
Production Comparison
Entry compared against Ilyushin IL-2 (military) and Cessna 172 (civilian) total production.
MACH Regime (Sonic)
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030
Aviation Timeline
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Mission Roles
Some designs are single-minded in their approach while others offer a more versatile solution to airborne requirements.
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