I've flown russians planes before and probably not with the best airline...Cubana. But no hesitation at all getting on a Tupolev 154...not at all. My opinion on people who are hesitant on getting on a russian jetliner or any jetliner for that matter...proves to me ignorance on their part. Though russian aircraft may not be up to "WESTERN" standards
,they are tough aircraft and built to last and still flying. Just because it's a russian plane doesn't mean is not safe people!!
ALL PLANES CRASH NOW AND THEN...that's life!
And as far as comments go about russian planes looking like for example the Tupolev 204 looking like the 757...I mean come on!! what are they suppose to look like though there are obvious differences all planes look very much the same 767, 320, 737, 777, 757, 330, 204, 96, 340, 727, 154, md80, 134, 334, atr42, f50, dch8s, crjs, erjs, 728, 190, same kind of configurations ... 747s and soon to be A3XXs. I don't understand what people would like to see russian aircraft or aircraft in general to look like. I don't get it...does anyone have an original desgin? A plane that wouldn't look like any other aircraft? If you do I'd like to see it! The most original design I've seen in recent years are those flying wings for passenger service. In short all aircraft will have similar characteristics and configurations for many years to come wether they are russian, american, european, brazilian, or canadian.
I'd love to try the IL96M or -300...hope one day one of these reach Buenos Aires...otherwise I'll have to go to it!