MOSCOW, RUSSIAAeroflot's regional subsidiary Aurora has signed a letter of intent with the Russian aircraft manufacturer United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) to purchase 19 Il-114-300 turboprop aircraft.

Aurora plans to expand its operations in the region with new aircraft, of which deliveries will start in 2023.

Currently, the Il-114-300 is carrying out certification campaign to secure its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) from the Russian regulator. A second has already been deployed for test flights.

Il-114-300 is an updated variant of the Il-114-100, launched in the 1990s and which only had 20 aircraft produced. The aircraft is aimed for autonomous operations in remote areas of the country where ground services are limited or absent.

UAC's new turboprop made its maiden flight in December 2020.