Russia´s Ilyushin Finance is marketing a business jet variant of the Antonov An-148 regional aircraft, designated the Antonov Business Jet.
The aircraft, which will be produced by Voronezh-based VASO, will be offered in two variants, the 19-seat Elite and 38-seat Corporate Shuttle.
Ilyushin, which already markets the An-148 regional jet, is in talks with St Petersburg based state airline GTK Rossiya for three aircraft. Its aim is to begin manufacturing in 2009 and to deliver the first ABJ in early 2010, says Ilyushin´s An-148 programme director Alexander Sas. VASO will also take delivery of one aircraft for its own use. Ilyushin forecasts a demand for five to 10 aircraft a year in the European and CIS markets.