The long-term future of Russia’s in-production, single-aisle Tupolev Tu-204 transport remains unclear as the first upgraded variant is prepared for rollout. 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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