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What is Tu-204SM?
In late December 2013 the Minister of Industry and Trade, Denis Manturov, said during his interview at “Russia 24” TV channel that the Ministry plans to deliver 20 Tu-204SM aircraft to Russian and foreign carriers over the next 5 years. However, it is rumored that the top management of United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) have banned their employees from working on the 204SM project under penalty of dismissal. The UAC’s attitude towards the project was demonstrated at MAKS-2013 airshow, when not a single representative of UAC’s management attended the signing of two contracts for delivery of Tu-204. It was clear: the contracts were signed in order to present a report to the government, but in fact no one was going to implement them. And UAC’s program at the airshow did not include the presentation of the new recently certified aircraft. It remained in the aircraft static display area overlooked by high-ranking guests and mass media. However, we did not miss the opportunity to visit Tu-204SM and talk to representatives of legendary Tupolev design bureau. We had just one question: what is Tu-204SM?