Russian Jetliners seem to be losing the traditional Russian look.
I have noticed that the newer Russian airliners seem to look more like Western aircraft than like the classic Russian airliners of yesteryear. TU-134's, for example, have that classic Russian appearance to me -- slightly downward-sloping wings, circular windows, and landing gear that retracts into bulges on the wings. I'm wondering why the newer Russian Jetliners (such as the TU-204 and TU-334) look more like "copycats" of American-made aircraft than like the traditional Russian Jetliners.
Could the traditional Russian appearance be less appealing to potential customers (airlines) than the "western" appearance, thus forcing Tupolev, etc. to "copycat" western designs in order to stay in business? (Personally, I find variety to be the "spice of life", and find that traditional Russian look of TU-134s, etc to have charm and beauty of their own). Or, could "copycating" Western aircraft architecture be the only way to make Russian aircraft as fuel-efficient as their western rivals?
If not, then I think it would be interesting if there were a newer version of a TU-134, with the same basic body design as it's predecessors, but with more modern engines (that are quieter, more fuel-efficient, and emit less smoke if any at all) and perhaps some minor airframe modifications if important.
Feedback/opinions would be greatly appreciated.