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Why No More Beriev Be-200?

Mon Aug 27, 2007 8:51 pm

Once again, I'm going to talk about a Russian aircraft and I know informations a often hard to find.
It seems Beriev Be-200 are strongly used in western Europe to fight against fire (Greece,Spain...) and I wonder why these countries which need them more and more years after years don't buy some of them (even USA) as Canadairs are now old.
I also wonder why this aircraft has no sale as a passenger aircraft as it's avaible in passenger configuration. A few years ago, they wanted to create a new airline to link islands in Greece with a passenger Be-200 but I'm still waiting.....
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RE: Why No More Beriev Be-200?

Mon Aug 27, 2007 11:21 pm

While it's a great aircraft, I think the amphibious plane is largely (but not completely) dead in the West. Add to this a slight mistrust of Russian technology and you have the answer, unfortunately.
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RE: Why No More Beriev Be-200?

Mon Aug 27, 2007 11:45 pm


Portugal "Protecção Civil" is using during this season two BE-200's to fight the fires that - Thank God- are very few this year. The airplanes involved are; RA-21516 and RA-21517! They are doing a nice work over here but it's been a fairly calm season...very sad to see that in Greece things are going very bad! I hope our friends from Greece recover from that in a good way...I understand that very well, in Portugal 2003, 2004 and 2005 were bad years to our countries!
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RE: Why No More Beriev Be-200?

Tue Aug 28, 2007 12:34 am

Does someone know how many of them have been built and how many are in active service?

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