Michiganatc
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Very Rare Airplane At EWR 10/5!

Mon Oct 10, 2011 5:13 pm

On Wednesday 10/5/2011 I was shocked to see this (VIP) Tupolev 204-300A at EWR. It arrived around 2:00pm and carried only 2 passengers, assisted by 15 crew...lol.

I'm not sure what the callsign was, where it came from or how long it stayed but I didn't care. Just thrilled to finally see one of these.

Sorry for the late photo upload, better late than never though.

TU-204-300A at EWR 10/5/2011
 
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RE: Very Rare Airplane At EWR 10/5!

Mon Oct 10, 2011 5:29 pm

Quoting michiganatc (Thread starter):
It arrived around 2:00pm and carried only 2 passengers, assisted by 15 crew...lol.

I bet it is a shopping trip.  
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RE: Very Rare Airplane At EWR 10/5!

Mon Oct 10, 2011 5:45 pm

Gee...I always wondered what a 757-100 would've looked like! THIS gives me some idea!
 
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RE: Very Rare Airplane At EWR 10/5!

Mon Oct 10, 2011 6:19 pm

From a distance, I don't think I would have known the difference, figuring "huh, another VIP 757 with winglets and nice pinstripes". Apart from reading "Ty-204-300A" close-up, how might I tell them apart? For future reference.

-Rampart
 
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RE: Very Rare Airplane At EWR 10/5!

Mon Oct 10, 2011 6:24 pm

Quoting rampart (Reply 3):
From a distance, I don't think I would have known the difference, figuring "huh, another VIP 757 with winglets and nice pinstripes". Apart from reading "Ty-204-300A" close-up, how might I tell them apart? For future reference.

-Rampart

The TU 204-300 is shorter than the standard model without the second doors forward of the wings! And from what I understand, the same was to be true of the 757-100.

I wonder how a shortened 204 would perform with the GTF?

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RE: Very Rare Airplane At EWR 10/5!

Mon Oct 10, 2011 6:33 pm

Quoting rampart (Reply 3):

I'm definately not an expert, I had a hard time telling what it was too.

From what I can see it's mostly in the fuselage. Far too skinny to be a 757 and not quite as tall. The cabin/exit doors were way off too. However, the engines were tricky, they looked similar to the 757 RR engines, not sure what the TU-204 is using here though.

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RE: Very Rare Airplane At EWR 10/5!

Mon Oct 10, 2011 6:33 pm

Wow, what a rare opportunity! To me the Tu-204 is pretty sporty looking. I just doubt I'll ever see it in person.
 
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RE: Very Rare Airplane At EWR 10/5!

Mon Oct 10, 2011 6:39 pm

I like the way that the engines are painted with cheatlines too. Nice catch!
 
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RE: Very Rare Airplane At EWR 10/5!

Mon Oct 10, 2011 6:44 pm

Kind of looks like a 757-200 with winglets and an A320 had a kid...
 
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RE: Very Rare Airplane At EWR 10/5!

Mon Oct 10, 2011 7:08 pm

Quoting michiganatc (Reply 5):
not sure what the TU-204 is using here though.

AFAIK all -300s and Tu-214s are fitted with PS-90 engines. Most Tu-204s are also equipped with this type of engine. As of today, only the Tu-204s flying for Cairo Aviation (and those ordered by Air China Cargo) are using the RB211 engines  
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RE: Very Rare Airplane At EWR 10/5!

Tue Oct 11, 2011 11:18 am

Saw this same plane landing at CEF (Westover Mass) a few weeks ago. I'm curious what its purpose is.
 
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RE: Very Rare Airplane At EWR 10/5!

Tue Oct 11, 2011 11:18 am

I see the Koryo TU-204 quite often here in PEK but I admit this pic was a tough call. Especially the nose part looks totally different. Amazing what a nice livery like on this private jet can do .
 
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RE: Very Rare Airplane At EWR 10/5!

Tue Oct 11, 2011 12:11 pm

I've seen 2 Tu-204s in my live, and they were lined up together. 

1 Red Wings and 1 Transaero in BCN in July (along with another Transaero aircraft (763), TACV 752, Transavia 738 with GOL w/l and my ride, TF-LLX of FI)

Nice catch! Also curious to know what it was doing....

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RE: Very Rare Airplane At EWR 10/5!

Tue Oct 11, 2011 1:11 pm

Pretty sure that's the 204 that Russia donated to Palestine.
Believe it was in NYC so the Palestinians could plead for recognition at the UN.

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RE: Very Rare Airplane At EWR 10/5!

Tue Oct 11, 2011 1:17 pm

Definitely got the Airbus nose and tail
 
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Tue Oct 11, 2011 1:27 pm

Ah yes, the TU-204 one of my favorite aircraft.

AFAIK The aircraft is operated by Orel Avia and is chartered out to VVIP guests. It originally started life as a TU 204-100! I also read somewhere that it is often used to shuttle board members of Gazprom around. (sketchy source though)

As far as identifying is concerned
You can tell it is a a TU-204 because of it's distinctive cockpit window lay out. Also the engine housings are rather long and swoop up at the back to a relatively narrow exhaust hole. The RR engine housings also swoop up at the back but the exhaust hole is much bigger. Another way you can tell it's a TU204 is by the windows in the door. They are rectangular and horizontal.

You can tell it is a 300 because it is short and only has two doors per side.

AFAIK this is the only 300A ever build so the registration and paint job will tell you what you are looking at in this case. Any other short TU204 is a regular 300.

AFAIK the TU 204-300A uses the Aviadvigatel PS90A turbofans. Might be the newer -A2 model though but I am not sure of that.

For a little more info: http://www.flightglobal.com/news/art...fies-vip-variant-of-tu-204-340508/

[Edited 2011-10-11 06:31:42]
 
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RE: Very Rare Airplane At EWR 10/5!

Tue Oct 11, 2011 3:09 pm

Quoting bj87 (Reply 15):
AFAIK The aircraft is operated by Orel Avia and is chartered out to VVIP guests

According to ch-aviation it was delivered to Orel Avia, later registered with Kosmos Airlines and is now registered with Business Aero out of Moscow Bykovo.
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RE: Very Rare Airplane At EWR 10/5!

Tue Oct 11, 2011 3:28 pm

Quoting rampart (Reply 3):
From a distance, I don't think I would have known the difference, figuring "huh, another VIP 757 with winglets and nice pinstripes". Apart from reading "Ty-204-300A" close-up, how might I tell them apart? For future reference.

-Rampart

I looks like a short body 757 with the nose and tail of an A320
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RE: Very Rare Airplane At EWR 10/5!

Tue Oct 11, 2011 3:29 pm

There are reported a number of Russian carriers using all series.

Looking at just the Tu204-300:

Vladivostok Air - 6 in the fleet outfitted C8Y134

Air Koryo - 1 in the fleet outfitted C16Y150 ( there have one TU201-100B)

Business Aero - 1 in the fleet outfitted VIP. This is the one in the picture at EWR.

That seems to be what has been built so far.

[Edited 2011-10-11 08:34:58]

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RE: Very Rare Airplane At EWR 10/5!

Tue Oct 11, 2011 4:38 pm

Thanks for posting!
I have never seen this version of TU-204. And even had no idea it was built.
Great!
 
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RE: Very Rare Airplane At EWR 10/5!

Tue Oct 11, 2011 5:00 pm

Quoting pylon101 (Reply 19):
I have never seen this version of TU-204. And even had no idea it was built.

Same here!!

Nice catch & thanks for sharing  
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RE: Very Rare Airplane At EWR 10/5!

Tue Oct 11, 2011 5:26 pm

Quoting Bthebest (Reply 14):
Definitely got the Airbus nose and tail

Yep. At first glance I thought it was one of those Indian A320s with the four-wheel main bogeys. Great catch with the picture, I'd love to have seen this one.

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