September 21, 2012
Uzbekistan Airlines this month is due to receive its seventh Ilyushin Il-114-100 turboprop aircraft, closing a decades-long chapter in the history of the Central Asian republic’s aerospace industry.
The national carrier’s CEO, Valeriy Tyan, has told local reporters that the airline’s seventh and final Il-114-100 on order is due to be delivered this month. The model is used on short-haul domestic routes that the airline previously served with Antonov An-24s and Yakovlev Yak-40s, he said. The 64-seat Il-114-100 is powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127H engines.
Uzbekistan was the launch operator of the Il-114-100, having received the first unit in 1998 from local state-owned manufacturer Tashkent Aviation Production Association. The factory has no more orders for Il-114-100s.
Factory officials say the company plans to stop making aircraft and manufacture household products, automotive parts and farm equipment instead, according to local reports.
It will, however, continue to make some spare parts for the Il-114-100 and Ilyushin Il-76. This factory at one time produced Il-76 heavy-lift transport aircraft, as well as the wings for the Antonov An-70.