Major Success for Tupolev 204C
A major development is underway with the Tupolev 204C being seriously considered by TNT Airways as the replacement freighter for the ageing B727 fleet.
Over the past month TNT have been evaluating the TU204 on its major routes and initial results have indicated that the aircraft has performed beyond the criteria TNT has set down. The aircraft taking part in the program is powered by Perm Engines and is the first of three aircraft being acquired by the AirRep Group based at London Gatwick airport.
Since its introduction the aircraft has quickly made a reputation for its reliability and ease of operation. AirRep managing director, Colin Martin is extremely pleased with the results. "A major hurdle has now been overcome which will ensure the feasibility of the TU204 within the western airline industry. Those involved in the design, manufacture and power plants can take pride in the operation of this aircraft. The future can be assured as more operators are taking a keen interest in the aircraft. Enquiries regarding the aircraft are continuous, many of which come from major
AirRep plans are closely guarded, but it is understood that considerable efforts are being made to create within Europe, the engineering and operational infrastructure required to support the aircraft type.