Ilyushin set to resume mass production of IL-96

18/11/2015
Ilyushin IL 96

Ilyushin IL 96

Fear of further sanctions has prompted Russia to consider resuming mass production of the four-engine Ilyushin Il-96 aircraft, according to the aircraft manufacturer’s chief designer Nikolai Talikov. If seen through, the decision would represent a sharp reversal of policy from a year ago, when Aeroflot was in the process of removing the Il-96 from its fleet and was planning to replace them with American Boeing 747s; but in the light of the political tensions between Russia and the US and the ongoing economic sanctions against Moscow over its role in the Ukraine conflict, the current dependence of the Russian air industry on Boeing and Airbus is seen as a potential weakness.
The Il-96 was Russia’s first long-range wide-body passenger aircraft. Its original 9,200-mile non-stop return test flight from Moscow to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky in 1988 took 18 hours 9 minutes.

 
Source: rbth