Tu-204SM medium-haul aircraft prepares to enter service, Voenno-Promishlenniy Courier reports with reference to a source close to the military-industrial sector.
«Tupolev Company, part of United Aircraft Corporation, is preparing the first Tu-204SM prototype (№150) for sale», - the source said.
He reported that the jet was ferried from Moscow Region to Ulyanovsk-based Aviastar-SP plant after successful completion of its certification testing. The enterprise will customize the jet and prepare it for sale. «Control and measuring equipment required for certification testing will be removed and the interior will be installed», - the source noted.
He added that the testing of Tu-204SM aimed at expansion of the jet’s operating conditions will be carried out this year; the second prototype (№151) will take part in the test program. «The third Tu-204SM (№153) is being assembled by Aviastar-SP. It may also join the test program in future», - the source said.
Tu-204SM derived from Tu-204-100 is powered by two new PS-90A2 engines having an extended service life and higher reliability.