|Quoting Yyz717 (Reply 9):|
Russian airliners are relatively VERY innefficient compared to their equivalent Western counterparts. The TU-154 for instance is much heavier than the 722 with much less efficient engines.
|Quoting Russianplnelvr (Reply 11):|
n my opinion, the TU-204 (the plane some claim is a 757 imitation) is the only russian airliner that would remotely have a shot at success in the west. It is fly-by-wire, unlike the 757, but doesn't have as much range. It probably could make money as a cargo hauler for FedEx, considering that its probably less expensive to purchase than a 757.
|Quoting SlamClick (Reply 18):|
There was a story circulating years ago that China bought ten 707s and wanted 40 spare engines. (one for each mount) Boeing tried to explain that was excessive and that there were not that many spare engines in the world for it. They apparently rounded up as many as they could. After a year, China sold back all the spares but one. Don't know if it is true or not, but Russian airplanes had a reputation for being strong, but unreliable.