AirCanadaA330 From Canada, joined Aug 2008, 276 posts, RR: 0 Posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 3226 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 Russia, joined Feb 2008, 1392 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 6 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2227 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.