Airmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 377 posts, RR: 1 Posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2115 times:
Looks great, Im glad a major operation like TNT opted for the 204F, hopefully others with moderate cargo services like Sri Lankan, PIA, Air India, Royal Jordanian, Kuwait Airways and TMA as well as carriers from the west will also opt for the type.
IMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6287 posts, RR: 33
Reply 1, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2034 times:
That's the first side view I've seen of the Tu-204. Front 3/4 views, if you don't see the winglets, make it a bit hard to tell from the 757. A full side view such as this leaves no doubt. Good looking airplane.
Wasilenko From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1945 times:
It was on the news about 3-4 months ago, TNT said that they would by 20-25(?) aircraft if they like them. One aircraft Tu-204-100F (PA-64021) operated for TNT by Air Rep but this aircraft was powered by PS-90A engines. From what I know TNT was happy with it. Now this aircraft here has RR engines and hence probably has a better performance than PS-90 version.
I really hope that TNT likes this plane and orders some in the future.
Leftypilot79 From United States of America, joined Jun 2002, 455 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1933 times:
OMG..its a 757 with winglets.....and a different nose section...and different main gear. j/k...it really does look like a 757 with winglets. I wonder when thats gonna catch on. Nice looking plane though. I would love to see some Russians beauties over here in the US. I love the way the IL96 looks.
VirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4537 posts, RR: 41
Reply 8, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1868 times:
What's the current production rate of the Tu-204 - how long would it take for an airline wanting a decent sized fleet of these aircraft to acquire them? What is the likelihood of production continuing on for some time into the future? What is the technical support like? What financing schemes, in particular aid with conversion, are offered?
These are important questions that airlines would need to have answered before they decide on this aircraft.
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