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Russia’s Tu-214 Set For Delivery Next Year with Three-Person Cockpit Design

Russia's Tu-214 Set For Delivery Next Year with Three-Person Cockpit Design

Russia is gearing up to introduce its Tu-214, a formidable competitor to the Boeing 757, with deliveries expected to commence next year. The Tu-214 is strategically designed to replace the A320 and 737 aircraft currently in service across Russian airline fleets.

This narrow-body twin-engine aircraft is a derivative of the Tu-204, boasting distinct features, notably in the arrangement of doors and emergency exits.

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The Tu-214 was made in Kazan, but its ancestry dates back to the Tu-204, which was produced in Ulyanovsk and Aviastar. The aircraft’s distinctive feature is its three-person cockpit, which differs from the traditional two-pilot arrangement.

The Tu-214, despite its late Soviet origins, is expected to have a big impact, especially since Aeroflot, the national carrier, is the biggest customer and has ordered an impressive fleet of 40 Tu-214 aircraft.

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The assembly schedule is aggressive: three jets are to be completed in 2023, followed by a ramp-up to seven in 2024, and ten aircraft a year starting in 2025. This production schedule is by the solid pledges and intent agreements made with multiple operators in the future. As stated in the contractual arrangements, these agreements set the stage for deliveries to start in 2024.

In a recent annual press conference on Thursday, President Vladimir Putin disclosed Russia’s ambitious goal to manufacture over 1,000 passenger planes by 2030. Putin expressed concern over the current state of the Russian aviation market, describing it as “overloaded” with foreign-made aircraft.

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The President outlined key strategies to achieve this monumental target, emphasizing the production of MC-21 aircraft and the retrofitting of existing airplanes with domestically manufactured PD engines. Notably, he highlighted the imperative need to launch the production of a more powerful PD-35 engine with enhanced thrust capabilities. This development, according to Putin, would facilitate the expansion of the long-range aircraft fleet, including the Il-96-400 series.

Furthermore, Putin acknowledged Russia’s existing operational cargo variant of the Il-96 series and emphasized the importance of advancing with the production of the PD-35 engine for future aircraft models.

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Putin also acknowledged the challenges faced by the Russian aviation industry, particularly in the aftermath of Western sanctions imposed following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. These sanctions have significantly hindered the industry’s operational efficiency, making it difficult for Russian airlines to procure crucial Boeing and Airbus parts required for maintenance and upkeep.

As Russia charts its course to become a major player in the global aviation sector, the announcement signals a determined effort to overcome obstacles and reestablish the country’s prominence in the manufacturing and operation of passenger planes.

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