Russian-built An148 enters service

Wikipedia image/David Monniaux
Wikipedia image/David Monniaux

December 21: The first Antonov An148 regional jet began commercial operations as the Rossiya State Transport Company successfully undertook Flight FV135 from Saint Petersburg to Moscow’s Sheremetievo international airport.
The An148 replaced a Boeing 737-500 on the service. Rossiya is the launch customer for the Russian An-148, which is assembled at the United Aircraft Corporation’s Voronezh plant. The airline will eventually acquire six An-148-100s fitted with eight business and 60 economy seats.