Tatarstan Airlines plans to acquire up to three Tupolev Tu-214 twinjets and six Antonov An-140 turboprops by 2010, pending approval from the Russian region's government to renew its fleet. As part of the plan, the airline is seeking government approval to acquire two Tu-214s by 2006 on financial lease from the KAPO production plant in the Tatarstan capital Kazan. The renewal will ensure the region maintains air links with western Europe when new environmental legislation takes effect, which will outlaw Tatarstan's two Tu-154Ms and nine Yakovlev Yak-42s

Source: Flight International