AirCanadaA330 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3888 times:
With Airbus working on the A350 and Boeing working on the 787 and 747-8i is there any chance that Tupolev and Ilyushin have any plans to develop a new airliner to better compete with Airbus and Boeing.
Pylon101 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 2889 times:
The policy is to concentrate recources on Sukhoy (for short and medium) and MS-21 project (medium - intercontinental).
It hurts me as a Russian but I don't see any reason to invest modest recources into another wide body project.
Another thing - engines. I guess NK-93 might be a serious progress. Certification is expected in 2010. If successful - they are planning to change pylons of TU-204 for NK-93.
A lot of talk on RUS forums about stagnation of industry and possible breakthroughs, like application of cold plasma. Which can only happen after it's used in military sector, obviously.