MOSCOW, August 21 (RIA Novosti)
Russian flagship carrier Aeroflot has no plans to buy any new An-148 airliners for its subsidiary GTK Rossia, company CEO Vitaly Savelyev said on Tuesday.
They “do not measure up to cost-effectiveness” standards, he said in an interview with Ekho Moskvy Radio.
GTK Rossia currently operates six An-148s, he said, adding that plans to buy another six have been put on hold.
In September 2010, GTK Rossiya criticized the aircraft over its poor reliability, which it described as “below the previously declared level, and not enough to provide safe and regular flights."
An An-148 crashed during a test-flight in March 2011, killing six on board. The investigation into the accident blamed a faulty airspeed indicator, which caused the pilots to dive the plane to pick up speed, resulting in an overspeed and subsequent structural failure.
The An-148 is a short-range twin-turbofan powered airliner carrying from 68-85 passengers from 2,000-7,000 kilometers.
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