Volga-Dnepr is funding a life extension program for Ukrainian D-18T turbofan engines that power the Russian cargo airline's fleet of large Antonov An-124-100 freighters. Volga-Dnepr will pay about $350,000 to the Zaporozhye-based Progress engine design bureau to extend the D-18T's service life from 1,000 hr. to 4,000 hr. The two-step program also involves improvements in general engine performance and maintainability. Extending the D-18T's operating life is important to ...

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