First new IL-76 freighter designed to meet ICAO noise and emissions standards will begin flight testing in June before entering service with Volga-Dnepr Group in September, the company announced. Designated the IL-76TD-90VD, the aircraft is fitted with Perm PS-90A-76 engines at a cost of $4.3 million each. It is being built at Tashkent's TAPO aircraft plant under a joint program involving Volga-Dnepr, Ilyushin Aviation Corp., Perm and TAPO.

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