UAC is considering closing the project Tu-204SM
President of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) Alexei Fedorov, the first time officially acknowledged that the production of Tu-204 and Tu-204SM can be minimized. The reason for the lack of customers, which, according to experts, due to too high a price on the liners. As the sources of RBC daily, the decision to close the project will take the government in early November, since such a step would lead mass layoffs and partial preservation of the Ulyanovsk aviation plant.
Alexei Fedorov in Kiev yesterday said he would not rule out folding Tupolev aircraft production, though later the official representative of the KLA adjusted statements of its leader, noting that the complete closure of the project can be no question. "We have assembled a working group to draft the Tu-204, which included representatives of the KLA, Tupolev, Ilyushin Finance and Irkut." Manufacturing will not be closed because it could be a blow to the operating companies "- said the spokesman for the KLA .
For the first time about the possible closure of the project Tu-204 first appeared in March this year. As mentioned by sources close to the KLA, the Ulyanovsk factory was left without customers. At that time, the KLA was only a contract for the construction of two Tu-204-300 for the presidential administration. Other Russian customers waiting for emergence of a new modification of the Tu-204SM, release dates which are constantly moved. As then noted, instead of the 2009 plane can appear only in 2011, but in case of further delay, there is a risk that the program will be phased out altogether. The first customer of the Tu-204SM should speak an Iranian company Iran Air Tour, but because of U.S. sanctions, the contract was canceled (the developer of PS-90A2 is an American Pratt & Whitney). Another customer was to become the airline's Moscow (signed a preliminary agreement to supply 15 cars from the end of 2011). However, the airline has not confirmed its willingness to enter into firm contract. Yesterday, representatives of Moscow were unavailable for comment.
In early October, save the program offered the head of the National Reserve Corporation (NRC), Alexander Lebedev. He promised to buy 44 Tu-204SM for its airline Red Wings. However, the businessman wanted to spend the money to buy aircraft, which are expected to receive from the sale of its stake in leasing company Ilyushin Finance (as reported in a letter to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, and a copy is available to RBC daily). At the same time, the businessman has openly declared inadmissible for the airline's cost of airplanes. Lebedev said he is ready to fly airplanes for 700-750 mln. However, the manufacturer calls a different price - 1.3 billion rubles. "But in order for it to be competitive, the aircraft should cost the plant about 1 billion rubles." - Said the spokesman for IFC.
According to sources, RBC daily, the new version of the product line UAC (which is now being discussed) there are no projects Tu-204, Tu-204SM, Tu-214 Tu-334. This week's issue of introducing a Tu-204SM in the product line discussed in the KLA, but this requires contracts not less than 40 aircraft. The fate of this project will be considered by the Government in November. According to sources, RBC daily, this level of decision-making due to the fact that closing the program will lead to negative social consequences due to staff reductions at the Ulyanovsk aviation plant.