Air Taiwan From Australia, joined Dec 1999, 1517 posts, RR: 4 Posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2459 times:
For those of you who are familiar of Russian aircrafts, how well does the TU-204 compare to the 737 and the 320? I'm assuming that it's a lot cheaper than the Boeings and the Airbuses but performance wise, is it really a lot worse than 737/320? Like if there's a low cost airline starting up, would it make sense to use brand new TU-204s only (like the all-737 and all-320 fleets)?
LY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 10 Reply 1, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2408 times:
It's 757/A321 sized, not 737/A320. Poor fuel economy has traditionally been a flaw of Russian airliners as compared to Western designs, although I'm sure the Tu-204 family is much better at that than previous generations, especially with the available RR RB211 engines. Manufacturer support has been cited as a current flaw, with the not so stable aerospace industry in the CIS.
LY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 10 Reply 2, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2404 times:
The Tu-204 has a range (3700-4000km) that is shorter than that of all 737, A320, and 757 modifications, and an MTOW that is second only to the 757, at 109,000kg. Pax capacity roughly the same as 752, max cargo weight is 29000kg.
Luzezito From Spain, joined May 2001, 268 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2341 times:
You have given the technical data; I give you my impressions as a passenger. For those interested I posted a long report with cocopit visit included on last year in July. It is comfortable, silent and as comfortable as a 752. it has full glass cockpit and as for the range, I have flown it from Moscow to Tenerife with full pax load. How many miles are that?
Aviatsiya.ru From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2162 times:
I think that the good folk at Siberia Airlines might take "offence" at you saying that they are not a major Russian airline.
They are they second largest airline in Russia, behind Aeroflot, and it won't be too long before they will be the number 1 airline on domestic routes (if their route planning is to take effect how they are wanting to do it).
Also, in the overall scheme of things, KrasAir would also be a "major" Russian airline.
Also, Dalavia has the Tu-214, not the Tu-204, and Rossiya is also getting 2 of the Tu-214s which were meant to go to Dalavia.
Aviatsiya.ru From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 11, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2083 times:
But what has happened to all the Tu-204 Vnukovo airlines had?
It is my understanding...someone please correct me if I am wrong...that a number of their Tu-204s are sitting idle at Vnukovo Airport, and frankly from photos I have seen they don't look like they are in too good a state. As to ownership, well basically, they would now be owned by Siberia Airlines after their takeover of V5 (I wouldn't be surprised if these were bought before the total closure of Vnukovo Airlines for like US$10,000...like the Il-86).