Poroshenko about completion of An-132D construction: This plane has a great future
21.12.2016 09:17 "Agro Perspectiva" (Kyiv) —
As of yesterday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko took part in festivities on the occasion of the creation of new multipurpose air freighter An-132D, President Petro Poroshenko Press Office reports.
As to the report, Poroshenko called the day of presentation of the plane-demonstrator really historic. «Really few states in the world can celebrate such holiday like the launch of a new model and I congratulate „Antonov“ plant and its staff on that, I congratulate the whole Ukraine and all Ukrainians, I congratulate our partners. This plane extends glorious line of our Ukrainian air freighters including world-famous „Antei“, „Ruslan“ and „Mriya“,» he said.
Reportedly, Poroshenko emphasized that the creation of An-132D was a truly international project that involved not only customers from Saudi Arabia, but also leading companies of the world aviation from Canada, UK, USA, Germany and France. The President expressed gratitude to all partners and clients for their participation in the implementation of the project. He is confident that it would become one of the first common business projects between Ukraine and Saudi Arabia.
It is to be admitted, reaching an agreement to establish production of «Antonov» planes for Saudi Arabia has been a long process of negotiations, which has been completed in May 2015 with a signature of Partnership Agreement between «Antonov» and «TAQNIA Aeronautics».
Due to the agreement, An-32 aircraft will be modernized to build multipurpose light An-132 air freighter with involvement of western technologies.
The agreement provides for the creation of production capacities for the production of this plane in the city of Taif, training of Saudi pilots and technicians for the manufacturing process, operation and maintenance of the aircraft.
The demo sample of An-132D has been built and fully assembled within Dec 2016. Its demo flight in Saudi Arabia is scheduled approximately for Mar 2017.