The long-term future of Russia’s in-production, single-aisle Tu-204 transport remains unclear as the first upgraded variant is prepared for roll-out. Earlier this year the Aviastar production plant in Ulyanovsk delivered the three remaining orders it held for the existing variants — two Tu-204C freighters and one Tu-204-300 VIP aircraft. Aviastar this month will roll out the first of two prototype Tu-204SMs, which feature improved engines and auxiliary power units, new avionics, a ...

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