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Iran to Receive Tupolev Tu-204SM Planes

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TEHRAN, April 27 (ICANA) – A senior Russian aviation official says Iranian carriers are taking interest in Tupolev's new Tu-204SM twin-jet passenger aircraft and are among the potential customers of the plane.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 9:03:47 PM
Iran to Receive Tupolev Tu-204SM Planes

Vice President of Russia's United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) Alexander Tulyakov told reporters on Monday that Iranian airliners have raised the total purchase order for the Tupolev Tu-204SM jets to 20, Mehr news agency reported Tuesday.

The remarks come as Russia was expected to deliver only five Tupolev Tu-204 SM passenger aircraft to Iran under an agreement signed between Russian Ilyushin Finance Company (IFC) and Iran Airtour Airline in 2009.

However, Pratt & Whitney -- an American aircraft engine manufacturer and a major shareholder of Russia's Perm Engine Company -- informed Iran Airtour Airline a year later that the delivery of five Tupolev TU-204SM jetliners equipped with PS-90A2 engines are impossible due to Washington's unilateral sanctions against Tehran.

According to UAC officials, Russia will deliver Tupolev TU-204SM airliners equipped with PS-90A engines to Iran. It seems that Americans have had no role in the development of PS-90A engines.

The Tupolev Tu-204SM, a significant upgrade of Tupolev Tu-204, is a twin-engine medium range Russian airliner capable of carrying 210 passengers.

The aircraft is equipped with the latest navigation and radio communication equipment, as well as state-of-the-art hardware. It is controlled by two pilots instead of three crew members required to navigate the basic Tu-204 version.

The Tupolev Tu-204SM performed its maiden flight from Russia's Ulyanovsk Vostochny Airport on December 29, 2010.

Iran plans to purchase the Russian-built passenger aircraft to renovate its aviation fleet.

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