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User currently offlineAviatsiya From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (14 years 5 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3797 times:

Have just read a short report that the Tatarstan Government has given the go ahead (i.e. provided for in the state budget) for the production of the Tu-324 by the Kazan (Gorbunov) Aviation Production Association. The Tatar Government have allocated some 1.2 billion roubles (US$40 million) from the state budget. Total development costs are expected to be around US$330 million. Unit price of the Tu-324 is expect to be between US$10-15 million (depending on the variant chosen).

There will be a choice of powerplants: GE CF-34, Motor Sich D-436TP or the Soyuz R-126-300, and the aircraft is expected to replace the Yak-40, An-24/6 and Tu-134.

Comparing the Tu-324 to other RJs in a similar class, it seems that the Tu-324 has great potential for international sales also.

Tu-324 (Regional Jet configuration):

Cost US$10-15 million
Wing span (m) 23.2
Length (m) 25.5
Height (m) 7.4
MTOW (tonnes) 23.7
Max Fuel Capacity (tonnes) 6.0
Max range (km) 2,500 (although this figure is expected to be more around the 3,000km mark from what I have been told)
Cruising altitude (km) 11.6
Cruising speed (km/h) 810-850
Required runway length (m) 1,800


Cost US$20 million (approx)
Wing span (m) 21.21
Length (m) 26.77
Height (m) 6.22
MTOW (tonnes) 23.1
Max Fuel Capacity (tonnes) 6.5
Max range (km) 3,000
Cruising altitude (km) 12.5
Cruising speed (km/h) 786
Required runway length (m) approx 1,500 ??


Cost US$18 million (approx)
Wing span (m) 20.04
Length (m) 29.87
Height (m) 6.75
MTOW (tonnes) 22
Max Fuel Capacity (tonnes) 5.1
Max range (km) 2,900
Cruising altitude (km) 11.2
Cruising speed (km/h) 833
Required runway length (m) 2,270

The only differences between the regional jet version of the Tu-324 and the VIP version (shown in the picture above) are:

Tu-324 VIP

Max fuel (tonnes) 9.0
Max range (km) 7,850
Number of pax 8-12

I don't know what the avionics package is going to be, but it is understood that KAPO has been co-operating with firms in Ukraine, Switzerland, France and US.

Looking forward to seeing the first photo's of this RJ on airliners.net in 2005, when the aircraft is expected to enter service.

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User currently offlineAirmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 391 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (14 years 5 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3686 times:

Looks good Scotty, wish its successful, belated merry Christams Smile

.....up there with the best!
User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2905 posts, RR: 21
Reply 2, posted (14 years 5 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3680 times:

Why does it only have 6 windows?

User currently offlineChepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6383 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (14 years 5 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3673 times:

It looks really nice but isn't the regional Jet markey getting a bit saturated.

Fly the Flag!!!!
User currently offlineAviatsiya From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (14 years 5 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3665 times:

The photo above is the VIP version 8-12 passengers. So it doesn't need the same number of windows as the 50 seat regional jet.

The 50 seat regional jet market has only 2 competitors at the moment; the CRJ200 and the ERJ-145. I wouldn't call it saturated as such. There are hundreds of aircraft in Russia/CIS which need replacing by 2015 (under the plan of the Russian government), and at only US$10 million, the airline can get 2 aircraft for the price of a single CRJ200/ERJ-145.

Because the aircraft comes with the option of GE powerplants, the need for sales support centres is somewhat limited, and hence Tupolev/KAPO's potential sales base is widened to include "western" markets.

But first things first, the 324 is looking for orders at the moment, and which airline will be the first to put it into service is anyone's guess.

BTW...here is a "photo" of the RJ version of the 324

User currently offlineSQ325 From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 1473 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (14 years 5 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3654 times:

Just another try to rescue the russian aviation industry.
Maybe TU can sell some planes in the ex UDSSR states china or in some african states.
But once again I'm sure there will be no bigger contract with a major asian, western european or us carrier.
If you fly an CRJ and have an engine problem 1000nm from your base most of the time there is someone who can help and fix it.
If you fly a russian product and have a problem 1000nm from base you better get a hotel room!
that are the sorry facts!
Anyhow I wish them luck and maybe i'm wrong.

regards bjoern

User currently offlineAirmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 391 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (14 years 5 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3649 times:

They'll be a good alternative to western equipment for new startups, Scotty did you get my mail last week Smile

.....up there with the best!
User currently offlineAviatsiya From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (14 years 5 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3569 times:


The facts are that your facts are incorrect.

If you read the second paragraph in the thread starter, you will notice that the Tu-324 will be offered with the choice of 3 powerplants:

GE CF-34;
Motor Sich D-436TP or;
Soyuz R-126-300

The D-436TP and Soyuz R-126-300 will appeal to those carriers which are based in Russia/CIS, where support for those engines is readily available.

The GE CF-34 is ideal for those airlines outside of Russia/CIS. The CF-34 also powers the CRJ series, 728JET, 928JET, ERJ-170 and ERJ-190.

So your sieve-like argument on the Tu-324 not being able to be serviced is not true. If the CRJ200 can be serviced, so can the Tu-324.

Also, the Tu-324 will be built with avionics designed by a Swiss firm. Other parts of the aircraft are being designed in conjunction with foreign partners; from which I understand numbers approx. 15.

I would not be in the least bit surprised if KAPO were to sell the Tu-324 around the world. *KAPO sell the aircraft. Not Tupolev. Tupolev is only responsible for the design of the aircraft. KAPO is responsible for the manufacturing, promotion and selling of the aircraft.

Just remember this, only a few year ago there was an aircraft manufacturer "way down south" which no-one took seriously. Not they have the EMB-110, EMB-120, ERJ-135 and ERJ-145 in service with airlines around the world.

User currently offlineJiml1126 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (14 years 5 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3556 times:

Any possible customer to order Tu-324?

By the way, Happy New Year, Scotty  Smile

User currently offlineAviatsiya From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (14 years 5 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3516 times:

Hiya Jim

Potential customers for the Tu-324 are any airline which currently operates the Yak-40, An-24/26 and to some degree, the Tu-134.

KAPO sees a need for some 430-450 aircraft just within the Russian/CIS market alone. I am not too sure about what KAPO's market projections for potential foreign sales are, but I am sure that they will release more information as the project progresses.

User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (14 years 5 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3494 times:

Dear Aviatsiya!
I don´t think any North or South American company will
buy this plane, Embraer and Bombardier are big in that
area. Europe? Well I think the market for city hoppers
are small and old Fokker, SAABs with about the same
price range will be hard competition. China? Well, they
seem to lean towards Boeing/Airbus products, mainly
buying helicopters and military transport planes from
Russia. My guess is that India is the most likely buyer
of these planes outside CIS, especially after they placed
a big order recently in Uzbekistan of tanker planes. As
for Africa I think they prefer 2nd hand aircrafts or wet
lease so I don´t think anyone will buy new ones.
Its not like I´m saying its a bad plane, but the competition from older planes and Embraer/Bombardier
is fierce to say the least. BTW Tataristan seem to be a
odd place, didn´t they had their own roubles within

User currently offlineAKelley728 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2200 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (14 years 5 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3490 times:

Does anybody have any updates on the TU-334?

User currently offlineRJ100 From Switzerland, joined Nov 2000, 4138 posts, RR: 26
Reply 12, posted (14 years 5 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3484 times:

Nice to see that new planes are coming from the East. I also like the Tu-204 which is very modern.
I would love to see an airline consisting of Tu-204s and Tu-324s.


User currently offlineAviatsiya From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (14 years 5 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3444 times:

Akelley728, I hope the article below from December 2001 gives you some info you may need:


As an informed source at OAO Tupolev has reported, work is starting on the recently concluded new agreement /contract for the Ukrainian side/ between OAO Tupolev and the Ukrainian side with the participation of the Kiev aircraft plant for the continuation of work on the program for the creation and production of the Tu-334 short-range 100-seat passenger airplane. The completion of a second prototype Tu-334 airplane in Kiev and the inclusion of it in flight and certification tests in accordance with the program is envisioned by the contract.

The source emphasized that 8 - 10 million dollars is needed for the completion of the second airplane in Kiev. Ukraine has moved significantly further in the realization of the program for the preparation of series production of the Tu-334 airplane than Russia. Since Ukraine right now is ahead of Russia significantly in preparation for production, the first orders for delivery of Tu-334 airplanes most of all will be executed by the Kiev aircraft plant.

However, at RSK MiG, who will be the lead enterprise in Russia for production of the Tu-334, the funds necessary for completion of the third prototype of the airplane and preparation for series production of the Tu-334 are appearing lately in connection with the completion of a number of contracts on the MiG-29 fighter.

The second Tu-334 prototype built by the Kiev aircraft plant should lift into the air in September 2002. However, according to the latest real estimates, its first flight most likely will take place in the fourth quarter 2002, the source said.

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