Model of the An-318
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The design called for a low-wing aircraft - passenger airplane with three jet engines prior to that as a large-capacity aircraft for medium-range similar to the Airbus A330 was designed. The design work began in 1991.
The detailed solutions of the An-318 were based on those of the Antonov An-124 and Antonow An-70 as well as the Tupolew Tu-204 . Apart from the rear with the third engine and the additional middle landing gear with six wheels between the main landing gear, the aircraft should be as identical as possible to the Antonov An-218 that was also planned .
The landing gear and the performance data were designed so that the machine could be used from the same airfields as a Tupolev Tu-154 M. In addition to convenience, freight loading and unloading and service friendliness, particular attention was paid to fuel consumption.
Variants from 200 to around 400 passengers were planned. The avionics were based on the most modern standards up to Cat. IIIA ICAO. The cockpit should be equipped with six screens and automated accordingly.
The original schedule called for the first flight in 1994, and certification should take place in 1995. However, the project was previously discontinued. While a full-scale dummy was built of the Antonov An-218, the An-318 only included models and graphics.
- Jefim Gordon , Sergei Komissarow: Unflown Wings: Soviet / Russian Unreleased Aircraft Projects, 1925-2010 . Midland Publishing, Birmingham 2013, ISBN 978-1-906537-34-0 (English).