Release Date: 2009-08-19Visitors at Moscow's international airshow caught a glimpse of Russia's short to medium range airliner Tu-334, during demonstration flights on Aug 18-20.
The Tu-334 is currently being preprared for production by manufacturer Kazan Aviation Production Unit (KAPO) and developer Tupolev. The aircraft has obtained both the Type Certificate and aircraft noise certificate, can accommodate up to 102 passengers and has a maximum flight range of about 3,000 km. Different modifications of the cabin will allow production of VIP versions of the aircraft.
For KAPO, Tu-334 is a very special project as the Tupolev family is one of its main products. Tight cooperation with Tupolev will allow to taylor the product to meet the specific needs and interests of the clients.
KAPO houses the most powerful subsidiary of Tupolev - the Kazan subsidiary - that produces design documentation for Tu-22MZ, Т-160, Тu-214, and Тu-334.
The forthcoming reorganization of UAC (United Aircraft Corporation) will allow a closer cooperation between KAPO and Tupolev. According to the new structure of UAC, Tupolev and KAPO will be integrated into one business unit called Special Aviation that will be headed by Igor Shevchuk, President of Tupolev.
KAPO is expected to further develop as military and special aircraft producer. At present, KAPO is the only Russian company capable of making strategic bomber Tu-160.