Yes, I know - I'm not talking about the baseline Tu-204, I'm talking about the Tu-204-300 which is its shorter cousin. And it's been flying for months. It's been in and out of Vladivostok on test flights, including some last October.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if, by some miracle, these planes found a world-wide market? I guess the selling price is very cheap compared with, say an A-321 or B-738. Does anyone know about the fuel burn?
I suspect that even with a relatively low price for the airframe, the relatively limited availability of support (as compared to Boeing and Airbus) outside of the former Soviet Bloc countries might be a reason for many potential buyers to shy away from ordering Russian airliners.
Vfw614, I was aboard this particular aircraft at MAKS 2003 (one of the pics is from there at least) and the interior is the same as pictured, though I think the particular photo on that site has been manipulated a bit. The TU-204 is available from Scirocco Aerospace of Egypt with RR engines (who get the airframes from Tupolev).
I simply said that the chances of them selling to major American or European airlines are slim so they have to find a niche in poor underveloped countries. They will never penetrate established airbus and boeing markets . They have to sell somewhere else.
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Alberchico, the US market isn't the focus market these days. An increasing percentage of the 2.5 Billion Asians is beginning to take flights & many (East) European & MEA Countries won't hesistate if they see a good aircraft for a good price..
A nice looking airplane. I hope the aircraft is successful, it would be nice to see an alternative to Airbus and Boeing doing well. What kind of passenger capacity and range does it have? It looks like a 150 pax or so capacity which would put it up against the A320 and the 737-800.
Do Russian manufacturers use western suppliers and subcontractors, or is it an all-Russian affair? In other words, are the seats Russian, for example, or are they the same seats you would find on any airliner?
Second question is, why do all the Russian aircraft use that turquoise color in the cockpit? You know you are in a Russian plane, space capsule, or power plant when you see that color.
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Quoting Hmmmm... (reply 26): Second question is, why do all the Russian aircraft use that turquoise color in the cockpit? You know you are in a Russian plane, space capsule, or power plant when you see that color.
There are some DC-9's and MD-80's that have a similar color in the cockpit.
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