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The first flight of the IL-114-300 turboprop passenger aircraft is expected to take place in September, 2020, Oleg Bocharov, Deputy Minister of Industry revealed to TASS.
Series production of the IL-114-300 planes is anticipated to start in 2023 with up to twelve aircraft produced annually.
The IL-114-300 turboprop is an upgraded version of the original aircraft developed by Ilyushin in the 1980. A total of 17 units were manufactured until 2012, when production was ceased.
Initially, the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) planned to re-launch the construction of the IL-114-300 with an aim to make a maiden flight in 2018 and enter service in 2022. However, the program was delayed and is ready to take off only this autumn.