The Antonov An-140 is a turboprop aircraft designed and built in Ukraine to serve regional routes up to 2,100km in length. First flying on 17 September 1997, it carries up to 52 passengers and entered airline service in 2002.
One interesting aspect about this plane is the fact it was also built in Iran from complete knock-down kits supplied by Antonov. These are designated the HESA IrAn-140.
Antonov An-140 Video
Following on from the last video about the Consolidated Commodore flying boat, this time we head over to Ukraine for a look at the Antonov An-140. The first presentation is from the manufacturer and runs for just over four minutes.
The video shows some test flying in extreme heat and cold, as well as high elevation airports. There is plenty of air to air footage, as well as interior shots, to give a real flavour for the aircraft. Next up is a six minute video of a flight on board one.
It’s like being there, with all the sounds and everything else. I have to say, the printed toilet sign was amusing! Right at the end the person taking the video goes into the cockpit post flight, so you can see that there too.
Just 35 Antonov An-140s have been produced and it seems that there is just one in commercial service with Motor Sich Airlines in Ukraine. Those wanting to get a flight on one had better head over there.
It seems anytime I turn around there is another Ukrainian or Russian aircraft I was unaware of. So many seem to be produced and unfortunately never become much of a success. What a shame!
Have you ever been on an Antonov An-140 before? What was it like? I hope you enjoyed the videos and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.
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Featured image by Oleg V. Belyakov on Airliners.net via Wikimedia Commons.