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Very Rare Airplane At EWR 10/5!  
User currently offlinemichiganatc From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 144 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 12643 times:

On Wednesday 10/5/2011 I was shocked to see this (VIP) Tupolev 204-300A at EWR. It arrived around 2:00pm and carried only 2 passengers, assisted by 15 crew...lol.

I'm not sure what the callsign was, where it came from or how long it stayed but I didn't care. Just thrilled to finally see one of these.

Sorry for the late photo upload, better late than never though.

TU-204-300A at EWR 10/5/2011


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User currently offlinereadytotaxi From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 3367 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 12513 times:

Quoting michiganatc (Thread starter):
It arrived around 2:00pm and carried only 2 passengers, assisted by 15 crew...lol.

I bet it is a shopping trip.  



you don't get a second chance to make a first impression!
User currently offlineFlyBoy84 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 384 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 12329 times:

Gee...I always wondered what a 757-100 would've looked like! THIS gives me some idea!

User currently offlinerampart From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 3156 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 12060 times:

From a distance, I don't think I would have known the difference, figuring "huh, another VIP 757 with winglets and nice pinstripes". Apart from reading "Ty-204-300A" close-up, how might I tell them apart? For future reference.

-Rampart


User currently offlineFlyBoy84 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 384 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 11982 times:

Quoting rampart (Reply 3):
From a distance, I don't think I would have known the difference, figuring "huh, another VIP 757 with winglets and nice pinstripes". Apart from reading "Ty-204-300A" close-up, how might I tell them apart? For future reference.

-Rampart

The TU 204-300 is shorter than the standard model without the second doors forward of the wings! And from what I understand, the same was to be true of the 757-100.

I wonder how a shortened 204 would perform with the GTF?

Things that make you go, "HMMM..."


User currently offlinemichiganatc From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 144 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 11882 times:

Quoting rampart (Reply 3):

I'm definately not an expert, I had a hard time telling what it was too.

From what I can see it's mostly in the fuselage. Far too skinny to be a 757 and not quite as tall. The cabin/exit doors were way off too. However, the engines were tricky, they looked similar to the 757 RR engines, not sure what the TU-204 is using here though.

Sorry that the photo quality isn't the greatest. I don't own an SLR camera or even know how to use one. I just have my Canon SX130 (on the AUTO shoot mode!)  


User currently offlineMSPNWA From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 2024 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 11882 times:

Wow, what a rare opportunity! To me the Tu-204 is pretty sporty looking. I just doubt I'll ever see it in person.

User currently offlinebonusonus From United States of America, joined Nov 2009, 403 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 11818 times:

I like the way that the engines are painted with cheatlines too. Nice catch!

User currently offlineFriendlySkies From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 4120 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 11750 times:

Kind of looks like a 757-200 with winglets and an A320 had a kid...

User currently offlineTK1244 From Netherlands, joined May 2007, 330 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 11557 times:

Quoting michiganatc (Reply 5):
not sure what the TU-204 is using here though.

AFAIK all -300s and Tu-214s are fitted with PS-90 engines. Most Tu-204s are also equipped with this type of engine. As of today, only the Tu-204s flying for Cairo Aviation (and those ordered by Air China Cargo) are using the RB211 engines  



"The future is in the skies. For any nation that cannot defend its skies will never be confident of its future." Atatürk
User currently offlineCairnterriAIR From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 410 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 10334 times:

Saw this same plane landing at CEF (Westover Mass) a few weeks ago. I'm curious what its purpose is.

User currently offlinefarzan From Sweden, joined Jul 2007, 180 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 10299 times:

I see the Koryo TU-204 quite often here in PEK but I admit this pic was a tough call. Especially the nose part looks totally different. Amazing what a nice livery like on this private jet can do .

User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 903 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 9219 times:

I've seen 2 Tu-204s in my live, and they were lined up together. 

1 Red Wings and 1 Transaero in BCN in July (along with another Transaero aircraft (763), TACV 752, Transavia 738 with GOL w/l and my ride, TF-LLX of FI)

Nice catch! Also curious to know what it was doing....

Regards,
Sveinn TH. (SÞS)



Flights flown: 289 - Airlines: 41 - Airports: 66 - Next flights: RKV-AEY-RKV, KEF-EWR-MCO, SRQ-LGA, JFK-KEF
User currently offlineTUGMASTER From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Jul 2004, 730 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 7945 times:

Pretty sure that's the 204 that Russia donated to Palestine.
Believe it was in NYC so the Palestinians could plead for recognition at the UN.

rgds


User currently offlineBthebest From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2008, 522 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 7841 times:

Definitely got the Airbus nose and tail

User currently offlinebj87 From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 448 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 7603 times:

Ah yes, the TU-204 one of my favorite aircraft.

AFAIK The aircraft is operated by Orel Avia and is chartered out to VVIP guests. It originally started life as a TU 204-100! I also read somewhere that it is often used to shuttle board members of Gazprom around. (sketchy source though)

As far as identifying is concerned
You can tell it is a a TU-204 because of it's distinctive cockpit window lay out. Also the engine housings are rather long and swoop up at the back to a relatively narrow exhaust hole. The RR engine housings also swoop up at the back but the exhaust hole is much bigger. Another way you can tell it's a TU204 is by the windows in the door. They are rectangular and horizontal.

You can tell it is a 300 because it is short and only has two doors per side.

AFAIK this is the only 300A ever build so the registration and paint job will tell you what you are looking at in this case. Any other short TU204 is a regular 300.

AFAIK the TU 204-300A uses the Aviadvigatel PS90A turbofans. Might be the newer -A2 model though but I am not sure of that.

For a little more info: http://www.flightglobal.com/news/art...fies-vip-variant-of-tu-204-340508/

[Edited 2011-10-11 06:31:42]

User currently offlinecsturdiv From Australia, joined Aug 2005, 1515 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 5445 times:

Quoting bj87 (Reply 15):
AFAIK The aircraft is operated by Orel Avia and is chartered out to VVIP guests

According to ch-aviation it was delivered to Orel Avia, later registered with Kosmos Airlines and is now registered with Business Aero out of Moscow Bykovo.



An American expat from the ORD area living and working in Australia
User currently offlineJHCRJ700 From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 377 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 5034 times:

Quoting rampart (Reply 3):
From a distance, I don't think I would have known the difference, figuring "huh, another VIP 757 with winglets and nice pinstripes". Apart from reading "Ty-204-300A" close-up, how might I tell them apart? For future reference.

-Rampart

I looks like a short body 757 with the nose and tail of an A320



RUSH
User currently offlinedave2 From United States of America, joined Sep 2011, 29 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 5034 times:

There are reported a number of Russian carriers using all series.

Looking at just the Tu204-300:

Vladivostok Air - 6 in the fleet outfitted C8Y134

Air Koryo - 1 in the fleet outfitted C16Y150 ( there have one TU201-100B)

Business Aero - 1 in the fleet outfitted VIP. This is the one in the picture at EWR.

That seems to be what has been built so far.

[Edited 2011-10-11 08:34:58]

[Edited 2011-10-11 08:35:59]

[Edited 2011-10-11 08:37:17]

User currently offlinepylon101 From Russia, joined Feb 2008, 1609 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3549 times:

Thanks for posting!
I have never seen this version of TU-204. And even had no idea it was built.
Great!


User currently offlineaerdingus From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 2862 posts, RR: 15
Reply 20, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3070 times:

Quoting pylon101 (Reply 19):
I have never seen this version of TU-204. And even had no idea it was built.

Same here!!

Nice catch & thanks for sharing  



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User currently offlineJohnJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1690 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2609 times:

Quoting Bthebest (Reply 14):
Definitely got the Airbus nose and tail

Yep. At first glance I thought it was one of those Indian A320s with the four-wheel main bogeys. Great catch with the picture, I'd love to have seen this one.

[Edited 2011-10-11 10:26:44]

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