Silk Way Airlines signs a firm order for ten Antonov An-178 freighters after the successful first flight

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Silk Way Airlines (Baku) and Antonov on May 7, 2015 signed a contract for the delivery of 10 new An-178 freighters (below).

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According to Wikipedia, the Antonov An-178 is a short-range medium-airlift military transport aircraft designed by the Ukrainian Antonov company and based on the Antonov An-158 (An-148-200). The new type was announced on February 5, 2010 and was rolled out on April 16, 2015. The first flight was conducted successfully on May 7, 2015.

The An-178 is proposed to replace the Antonov An-12, Antonov An-26 and Antonov An-32.[

Interestingly the new An−178 is also equipped with a cargo ramp.

Currently Silk Way operates four Antonov An-12s along with the Ilyushin Il-76s and Il-76TD-90s.

Photo below: Antonov.

Antonov An-178 (Antonov)(LR)