The Ilyushin IL-114 is a Russian built short range airliner which first flew from Zhukovsky Airfield on 29 March 1990. It is powered by a pair of Klimov TV7-117S turboprops with six-bladed propellers and can fly routes up to 1,000 kilometres in length.
Launch customer for the aircraft was Uzbekistan Airlines, who took delivery of the first production aircraft, powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada PW-127Н engines, in August 1998. The other operator was Vyborg, who had two examples in service from 2002 to 2010.
Ilyushin IL-114 Video
Following on from the last article about the student designed and built Kharkiv KhAI-1, this time we head over to Russia for a look at the Ilyushin IL-114. The first video seems to be a promotional video of the IL-114-100 and it runs for just under seven minutes.
It all kicks off from about 1:25, with some testing, production and cockpit views. We head into the cabin from 3:42 and you can see the integral airstairs from 4:52. The second video below runs for just over four and a half minutes and is from United Aircraft Corporation from 2021 showing the new IL-114-300.
This one shows all the changes made from the first aircraft, which seem to be pretty extensive. This version first flew on 16 December 2020 and will have twice the range of the previous version. It has yet to enter service.
Just 20 IL-114s have been produced and none remain in passenger service. Uzbekistan Airlines retired the last of their six strong fleet of 52 seaters on 1 May 2018.
It will be interesting to see if the new version ends up in mass production. Unfortunately Russian airliners don’t generally seem to have much success, even with their own airlines.
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