On the 11th of April at Business Aviation Forum conference Ilyushin Finance Co. announced the launch of a new business aircraft production program. The new jetliner will be derived from regional jet An-148. This new modification can be referred to bizliners class – business or corporate aircraft derived from an airliner platform with spacious and comfortable cabin which is typical of these aircraft.
ABJ will offer two configurations: Elite (19 seats) and Corporate Shuttle (38 seats). The aircraft range is 7060 km with 8 passengers on board, normal cruise speed is 820-850 km/h and maximum operating altitude is 12200 meters. The cabin features 18.2m length, 2m height and 3.15m width. ABJ is planned to be manufactured at production facilities in Voronezh. The details on price and beginning of deliveries have not been announced yet.