Aviastar-Tu acquires two more Tu-204 freighters

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Russian operator Aviastar-Tu has taken leases on a re-assigned pair of Tupolev Tu-204 freighters, built by its parent company Aviastar.

The carrier says that the lessor Ilyushin Finance handed over both aircraft yesterday, fulfilling an agreement covering the supply of four aircraft.

The airframes, registered RA-64051 and RA-64052, were originally slated for the Russian air force.

Aviastar-Tu is only able to provide cargo services after authorities banned passenger transport by the carrier in the wake of a Tu-204 crash at Moscow Domodedovo last month.