Aviatsiya From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (13 years 4 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1293 times:
It has been reported that GTKS Rossiya (the VIP transport company which operates Putin's Il-96-300, etc) is to take a single Tu-214 on a leasing deal (probably involving Financial Lease Company). There are only 2 Tu-214s being operated at the present time, both with Dalavia of Khabarovsk, and that airline is extremely pleased with the aircraft.
In late August, Dalavia announced that they would be ordering an additional 6 Tu-214s:
although it seems that they are having some problems financing the aircraft, which is probably why GTKS Rossiya will be taking an aircraft (gotta help the industry in some way I suppose).
The short report I read didn't mention any delivery date, or even whether it is actually confirmed, but all indicators point to that it is indeed a correct report.
Will post more as it comes to light; hopefully not too far in the distant future.
Also, regarding the Tu-214. Does anyone have any idea who this company is? http://www.amaholdings.com. They have very detailed information on the Tu-214 (amongst other aircraft), but emails to the company have gone unanswered for the best part of a year. A whois on the domain shows up as: