Although my friends know how I feel about Russian aircraft (A feeling for which I am ashamed of and am changing, it is more of ignorance) I must say that Russia is developing aircraft which are on par with their western counterparts, the TU
-204 which is practically an A321/B757 with Western Rolls Royce engines is a fine example of how Russian aviation is chaning for the better and western companies like TNT are achknowledging this and are intrested in purchasing some (or more).
It is a sign that hopefully if the media shut up and the public see these machines as equally as good as the western aircraft then perhaps we might see other airlines from our side with fleets of Tupolev and Illyushins (Sorry).
As I am hopefully making it clear, I am ignorant but my eyes are opening and I can see that our Russian friends are making damn fine aircraft.
Good work TNT and good luck Tupolev!
Lifes a train racing towards you, now you can either run away or grab a chair & a beer and watch it come - Phil