According to the technical requirements, the aircraft had to be simple and unpretentious to maintain, as well as able to work from unpaved runways. So it turned out the Yak-40, which made its first flight in the 1966 year. After just a year, it was launched into a series, becoming the world's first jet aircraft for local airlines.
At the beginning of the 80-x production of "Stub" (as it was nicknamed for a fair smoke of engines during takeoff) was discontinued, the volume of operation began to decline. However, in the crisis 90-yak-40 regained popularity. There are administrative and VIP versions.
In 2016, the aircraft industry talked about upgrading the aircraft.