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Tu-204СМ

Ту-204СМ
Development: PJSC Tupolev
Maiden flight: 2010

The mid-range airliner Tu-204SM represents the further evolution of the Tu-204/Tu-214 family. The Tu-204SM is a deeply-modernized version of the Tu-204 using new PS-90A2 engines with better service life and reliability performance, with a two-member crew,  and with upgraded or new, modern equipment.

The airplane meets Russian and international flight safety requirements, including the newly-introduced ICAO and Eurocontrol requirements, as well as the ETOPS-120. In its performance, the Tu-204SM matches its modern foreign counterparts.

The Tu-204SM airplane surpasses older versions of the Tu-204 family of airplanes in terms of flight and navigation performance and meets current international standards of efficiency, comfort, and maintainability, including the noise standards prescribed by ICAO Chapter 4.


The Tupolev Design Bureau started working on the design of a mid-range Tu-204, which was expected to replace the Tu-154 in mass production and operation by the end of the 20th century back in the 1970s. The Tu-204, which first took off on January 2, 1989, would see consistent development in a number of further versions of the baseline design, which would feature a highly-refined aerodynamic design of the airframe and structural elements allowing for the new airplanes to meet the highest international standards and compete with similar airplanes produced by international aircraft manufacturers.

In the 1990s and first half of the 2000s, PJSC Tupolev, jointly with the Central Institute of Aero-Hydrodynamics (TsAGI) and other industry organizations and companies, were considering a number of possible Tu-204/Tu-214 family development projects.

The creation of Tu-204/Tu214 airplanes was a crowning achievement of the Russian aircraft-production industry. For that work, the team of PJSC Tupolev was honored by the President of the Russian Federation with the State Prize of the Russian Federation in the field of science and technology, pursuant to a Presidential Decree dated September 9, 2004.

Work to design and produce the most recent version of the Tu-204, the streamlined medium-haul Tu-204SM, dates back to the early 2000s.

The first upgraded medium-range airliner Tu-204SM (MSN 64150) first took off at Ulyanovsk-Vostochny Airport on December 29, 2010. The airplane is produced by the Aviastar-SP aircraft production company at its production site in Ulyanovsk, Russia.

Flight certification tests of the modernized Tu-204SM were completed in May 2013. The new airliner was tested in low temperatures and high-intensity icing conditions, successfully completing trial operation in the Northeast Yakutia Region at the airport in the City of Yakutsk, which has historically been used as a test site for testing aircraft at extremely low temperatures. Certification test flights were also conducted at high temperatures in the United Arab Emirates, along with a series of takeoffs and landings to evaluate the  airplane’s behavior on a wet runway.

A supplement to Type Certificate No.ST233-Tu-204-120SE/D10 was issued to PJSC Tupolev by the Aviation Register of the Interstate Aviation Committee on May 31, 2013.

Historyhttp://uacrussia.ru/en/aircraft/lineup/civil/tu-204sm/#history

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