Ulyanovsk-based Aviastar-SP enterprise will continue production of Tu-204-300 aircraft offering an increased range, despite the fact that demand for these jets is very low, Interfax-AVN reports with reference to a source close to Russian military-industrial sector.
Aviastar continues production of Tu-204-300 jets. This year the plant is going to manufacture two jets of the type for Rossiya special aircraft division and one airliner for a space company,” the source said.
He reminded that last year Research and Test Cosmonaut Training Center named after Y.A. Gagarin, managed by Roscosmos, issued a tender for delivery of two long-haul single-aisle aircraft. The initial price of this contract was 3,3 billion rubles. It includes all the equipment, ground facilities, spares and tool kits as well as personnel training (pilots and maintenance personnel).
“The second Tu-204-300 will be delivered to the customer in early 2016,” the source noted. According to him, after retrofitting the jet into a “space” version the airliner will feature a three-zone cabin layout seating 52 passengers. The first cabin zone (for cosmonauts) will be fitted with three swing-out seats and three-seat sofa, the second one – five rooms with three-seat sofas and five seats installed outside the rooms, the third one – four two-seat blocks of business-class seats and nine three-seat blocks of economy class seats. The third zone should be able to convert into a medevac version of the jet fitted by two medical modules.