Transaero not considering alternatives to Tu-214s

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Russian carrier Transaero still plans to take delivery of Tupolev Tu-214 aircraft and insists it will only consider alternatives, such as the Sukhoi Superjet, if production of the type ceases.

Moscow-based Transaero took delivery of a Tu-214 last year, one of 10 it is taking from lessor Finance Leasing Company.

It says it has secured approval for a second aircraft and that this will be delivered after the completion of acceptance tests at the Kazan production plant in the first half of November.

"We are ready to implement fully the agreement with Finance Leasing Company on the acquisition of 10 ordered Tu-214s," says the airline.

"Only if United Aircraft Corporation takes action to halt the production of Tu-214s for Transaero will we be ready to consider concrete proposals to replace them [with Superjet 100s]."