|Quoting Tugger (Reply 8):|
I believe that engine choice is the other huge factor for them not succeeding in the rest of the world. The Russian planes are not designed to be compatible with RR/GE/PW engines. The airlines won't order a plane with an engine with which they don't a have easy access to maintenance facilities nor which they don't have any history with. If they could fit their engines up they might be tempted to buy Russian aircraft.
True, the Soviet/Russian engine manufacturers lack a worldwide network of maintenance facilities, albeit the engines themselves are quite robust and in many cases are/were repaired in the open air even in their native territory. Still, with proper MX
centres only in Russia, it would be a logistical nightmare to ship spares and replacement engines to locations like Australia and South America.
Nevertheless, some Russian aircraft are offered with Western engines and avionics, for example the Tu-204-120, which is powered by RR
. Despite this, the aircraft still hasn't been sold to the West.