The Yak-40 is the world’s first three-engine regional
jet passenger airplane for airlines with a range up to 1,500 km. The airplane
was developed by the Yakovlev Design Bureau (Soviet Union) in 1964. The first
flight was made on October 21, 1966. Cruising speed is 510 km/h. Yak-40 was the
first airplane produced in the USSR which obtained airworthiness certificate in
West European countries. Production of Yak-40 continued from 1966 to 1981, a total of 1012 aircraft
were produced, of these 125 worldwide exported.