SIBILLE From Belgium, joined Jun 2005, 450 posts, RR: 3 Posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4171 times:
According the current "Airliner World" issue, Ilyushin finance is in talks with Nepal Airlines for the supply of 2 Il-96-300 and 4 Tu-204-100.
Nothing firm yet but seems Ilyushin finance has good hope.
Nepal Airlines currently operates 2 B-757-200 and 7 DHC-6-300.
Once again, as order from Syria, Zimbabwe, Bolivia..... I'll believe it when the aircrafts will be flying but it should be nice!
Frigatebird From Netherlands, joined Jun 2008, 1195 posts, RR: 1 Reply 1, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4143 times:
Most certainly it would be nice... To be honest, I don't know much about the TU-204's efficiency, but it doesn't seem to be a bad choice for them.
The Il-96 though... As an enthusiast I'd love to see more, but wouldn't Nepal Airlines be better off with something like a 777-200 if they need a plane in that size? Efficient, reliable, and not that expensive to acquire.
YOWza From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 4781 posts, RR: 17 Reply 3, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3611 times:
Quoting SIBILLE (Thread starter): Once again, as order from Syria, Zimbabwe, Bolivia..... I'll believe it when the aircrafts will be flying but it should be nice!
The 757s have been great servants to RA to this point but it's about time that a replacement was sought after. I too remain skeptical but let's see what comes of this. Both aircraft mentioned are very capable.
They were supposed to be in talks for 1 A330 and A320s !
Really that's the first I've heard of that? Was that ever made public?
Quoting FCKC (Reply 2): Where is the advantage to replace 757s by less performer TU204 !
Less is what sense? If you're talking bang for buck, the age and cycles of the current 757s come with costly heavy checks. This may mean it's time they were taken offline. RA were shopping this task around to LY and a second company in China. If you mean the abilities of the aircraft itself the 204 is more than adequate to serve DXB, DOH, DEL, KUL, HKG and SIN with
Quoting FCKC (Reply 2): The only hope for them to sign Nepalese , is probably a very low price !
Which is quite possible. The current government has strong leanings to China and Russia which will also be a factor.
Mandargb From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 195 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (3 years 10 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2755 times:
Even I think IL96 @ Altitudes will be a problem unless they plan to operate it with much less loading (why would anybody want to do that?). But where are they going to fly IL96 to ?
TU 204 I think should not be an issue.
SurfandSnow From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 2588 posts, RR: 31 Reply 10, posted (3 years 10 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2209 times:
It continues to amaze me at the popularity of Brazilian aircraft yet the sheer unpopularity of Russian types. Americans and Europeans aren't the only ones capable of building planes! Even in Russia itself, people seem more bent on flying the foreign types than their own domestically built planes!
Flying in the middle seat of coach is much better than not flying at all!
YAK42 From Ireland, joined Oct 2000, 796 posts, RR: 7 Reply 11, posted (3 years 10 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2134 times:
Unless they are going to very suddenly increase operations I think the IL96 is a bit big for them. The Tu204 with the RR engines would be a very similar aircraft the B757s they were operating. Maybe less range, but adequate and perhaps more suitable for the flights they operate.
KC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 11708 posts, RR: 52 Reply 13, posted (3 years 10 months 2 days ago) and read 1923 times:
Quoting Burkhard (Reply 8): Since when does a Quad have more issues at high altitudes compared to a 777 ?
If they are Il-96-300s equipped with the PS-90A engines (about 35,000 lbs thrust), they will have a diffeiclt time with high/hot airports. However, if they are Il-96M/Ts, they have PW-2037s, the same as their B-757s, and would have good high/hot airport performance. The IL-96-400 has PS-90A1s, which is better than the PS-90As.
Isn't the Tu-204 a little small to replace the B-757s? I thought the Tu-204 was more of a B-737NG or A-319/-320 sized airplane?
YAK42 From Ireland, joined Oct 2000, 796 posts, RR: 7 Reply 14, posted (3 years 10 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1814 times:
Their 757s have RB211 engines, the same as on the Tu204-120. The Tu204-100 series seats around 196 in a two class configuration (4 less than the 757). The Tu204-300 series is about A320 size seating 166 in a single class layout.