B777LRF From Luxembourg, joined Nov 2008, 1153 posts, RR: 3 Reply 1, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2488 times:
Cheap as chips, I think you will find, is probably the answer to why they went for the Tu-204F. It's not a bad little freighter, but compared to its direct rival (the B757-200PCF) it's inferior in every aspect. Apart from the price; they really are extraoridnarily cheap. The problems with those aircraft, from a "western airline" perspective, is a) getting them certified to EASA/FAA standards, b) convincing your NAA to get it on your AOC and c) the poor service and support from Tupolev. Those 3 reasons are why you don't see them pottering about the skies more than they do.
From receips and radials over straight pipes to big fans - been there, done that, got the hearing defects to prove
Newark727 From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 1275 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1614 times:
Quoting Spacepope (Reply 2):
Cheap or not, it also fits into Transaero's fleet plan of "one of everything!"
Well they do have a few passenger Tu-214s as well, which as I understand is the same basic design as the Tu-204 except for the factory where it's built and a few detail changes. Although I think politics entered into their purchasing decisions for those at some point. Whereas all the 757s they ever had were leases, IIRC.