Kappel From Suriname, joined Jul 2005, 3533 posts, RR: 17 Posted (8 years 10 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2397 times:
I was recently reading about the An-148 in AirlinerWorld and they mentioned the Tu-334. I am now wondering what the status is of this project. Is it already licensed? Does it have any orders. I remember the launch customer was Aeroflot, but that was back in 2001 IIRC. So far I have heard nothing more about this project. The Tupolev website doesn't help much.
Scbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12464 posts, RR: 46
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2312 times:
I was in Moscow for the MAKS 2005 air show. There was a Tu-334 in the static display. There was also another one "dumped" in a compound with a bunch of other wrecks. Didn't look like it had flown for some time.
The state of Russian aviation is pretty poor at the moment. From an old romantic's perspective, it's quite sad that there isn't any new Russian type coming along to replace the hundreds of Tu-134s and 154s in daily use in Russia. More and more Russian airlines are now starting to take on 733/4/5s and 757s to replace their old Tupolevs.
It just isn't right - Russian airlines should be flying Russian planes!
Time flies like an arrow, but fruit flies like a banana!
PavlovsDog From Norway, joined Sep 2005, 657 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2244 times:
The Russian Government is doing very well financially now so I imagine more will be given to the civil aviation industry.
If the MS-21 fulfills the targets they've established as quoted in the flight international article I linked to then they should be very successful:
"Target price for the mid-sized MS-21-200 is $35 million, compared with $56 million for the similarly sized Boeing 737-700. Among the design targets are 15% better structural weight efficiency, 20% lower direct operating costs and 15% lower fuel consumption than that of the Airbus A320.
Almost one-third of the MS-21 would be composite by weight at the time of its service entry, including the centre wing box. This ratio would increase to 40-45% by around 2015 when a composite wing structure is adopted."
IRelayer From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 1073 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2192 times:
I agree that the Russian Aviation design/manufacturing industry is down in the dumps right now, and has been for a long time, but they seem to have started to do what everyone has been suggesting for years...pooling all of their resources into producing one good, competitive product. They need to take it a step further and combine all of the design and manufacturing "bureaus" into one entity so that they can integrate all of their efforts instead of wasting their time with models that, frankly, cannot compete and are obsolete before the prototype is finished. I wish them luck. I hope to see an MS-21 in IranAir colors one day. That is for sure!