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User currently offlineKappel From Suriname, joined Jul 2005, 3533 posts, RR: 17
Posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2356 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.

http://www.tupolev.ru/English/Show.asp?SectionID=111

Neither does this website

http://www.airliners.net/info/stats.main?id=378

1999 is long past, that was to be the certification date. Does this aircraft stand a chance? It seems that the An-148 and to a lesser extent the RRJ are getting the publicity and orders.


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User currently offlinePavlovsDog From Norway, joined Sep 2005, 656 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2313 times:

I can't see them continuing that project. Recently they've joined the MS-21 project which will presumably take a large amount of their limited resources.

Flight International Article

The 3.4 meter cabin cross section was a weird choice too. Too narrow for 3+3 like they show on their website and a bit spacious and wastefull for 2+3.

[Edited 2005-09-29 20:39:33]

User currently offlineKappel From Suriname, joined Jul 2005, 3533 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2296 times:

Quoting PavlovsDog (Reply 1):
Seeing as how Tupolev have joined the RRJ project, where the 95 seats about the same as the 102 seat 334, it would seem that the program is done.

OK, didn't know that. Thanks. It seems the project is done indeed. Makes you wonder why it is still on the Tupolev website.



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User currently offlinePavlovsDog From Norway, joined Sep 2005, 656 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2294 times:

I edited my post because that portion of the post was wrong in that they joined up with the MS-21 project and not the RRJ project.

User currently offlineScbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12041 posts, RR: 47
Reply 4, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2271 times:
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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!  no 



Hey AA, the 1960s called. They want their planes back!
User currently offlineKappel From Suriname, joined Jul 2005, 3533 posts, RR: 17
Reply 5, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2229 times:

http://www.airliners.net/open.file?i...r=1&prev_id=&next_id=916842&size=L

Nice plane indeed. If it has been flying in 2005, maybe it has some life in it. But the An-148 is progressing nicely and getting orders.



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User currently offlinePavlovsDog From Norway, joined Sep 2005, 656 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2203 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."


User currently offlineIRelayer From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 1073 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2151 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!

-IR


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