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Ukraine to launch air taxis
Kiev, June 01, 2011
Ukraine would soon launch small
three-seater aircraft as taxis to ferry people from city to
city, the Ukrinform news agency reported.
Odesviaremservice - the state-owned aircraft repair company -
has developed an improved model of the Dolphin aircraft to be
used as air taxis. Dolphin is a low-flying plane that can
accommodate three passengers and one crew member.
The air taxi would offer "irregular" flight services depending
on the availability of passengers, officials said.
Flights will be available only between big cities for the time
being, because air strips in small towns lack standard
runways, company engineers said.
The aircraft can fly 1,350 km without refueling. Powered by
diesel, the plane has a fuel consumption of 16 litres per 100
km, at a cost of some $20.
Officials said fare for the air taxi would be slightly higher
than that of regular flights. The new service would help
businessmen and politicians.
The plane's designers said the new aircraft was absolutely
safe. In case of any emergency, all on board would be brought
safely to the ground by a "unique" parachute.