“TUPOLEV” PSC PRODUCT IN PASSENGER AIRCRAFT INTERIOR MARKET
|Mr. Ilyushenkov, Executive Director "Tupolev" PSC|
The task of manufacturing passenger aircraft with enhanced comfort level and advanced interior was not new for Tupolev Design Bureau and its production facilities. We have been working in this direction. For example, at the end of the Great Patriotic War two Pe-8 bombers were modified to aircraft intended for VIP transportation provided with adequate interior.
|Tu-70 (1946) a/c interior|
The first post-war Tupolev’s airliner TU-70 was provided with high comfort level interiors meeting VIP-class requirements. In the 1950-s by efforts of the Design Bureau and serial production plant two TU-95 strategic bombers were converted into aircraft capable to carry small-size governmental delegations of the highest level. All passenger jet airliners developed in the Design Bureau (TU-104, TU-124, TU-134 and TU-154) had a saloon-versions which were produced in small batches and have been operated for many years for special-purpose passenger transportation both in our country and abroad. Main motto of our Design Bureau – “Customer’s wish is law to developers and manufactures”. Therefore having worked under quite severe circumstances we managed to draft and issue large package of required engineering and technological documentation, to prepare production and to modify interiors of a large number of passenger aircraft to meet quite various requirements.
|Tu-134B-3 state-of-the-art VIP-class cabin|
“Kominteravia” airline which had several TU-134A a/c in its fleet was the first to address Tupolev PSC in 1995 for upgrading interiors of said aircraft. This work was performed in the shortest dates by specialists of the Design Bureau and Moscow experimental plant which is a subsidiary of Tupolev PSC and the company received two TU-134As provided with new state-of-the-art interior. This was followed by modification of several TU-134-s more to VIP-class machines, other air carriers also placed their orders. 30 TU-134 a/c with advanced interior and equipment were designed according to customer’s requests and delivered to them during recent seven years and have been successfully operated on routes. The first activities on TU-134-s were followed by upgrading of TU-154B a/c from different airlines and organizations. For the time being we have prepared projects of further modernization of TU-134 and TU-154 a/c interior aiming at future large-scale all-round modernization of the fleet of said machines. Our activity is not limited by modernization of aircraft of previous generation. When the question was raised on upgrading interiors of advanced passenger TU-204-120 airliners to be delivered abroad, we performed this work successfully and delivered two aircraft to foreign Customer. Both machines showed themselves to advantage being regularly operated by Egyptian airline “Air Cairo”. Interiors of said machines comply with the most restrict international requirements. VIP-class interiors were developed for TU-204 and TU-214 a/c. These interiors are introduced into serial aircraft when necessary. Within Program of regional and administrative TU-324 and TU-414 aircraft VIP-cabin projects have been developed for these machines.
|Tu-134B-3 state-of-the-art VIP-class cabin|
Besides activities to be performed in our special aircraft field, in late 1990-s we performed large-scale work on passenger railcar interior of new generation under instruction of “MAGISTRAL”PSC. We also took part in development of water transport means – yachts, air cushion floating aids etc.. All mentioned demonstrates good potentialities of our work collective and production facilities. Thus regarding TUPOLEV PSC the old motto “On land, in the air and in at sea” has assumed a new meaning.
For the time being the complex that was created within TUPOLEV PSC to upgrade passenger aircraft cabins has practically limitless possibilities in this segment of aircraft industry. The complex is provided with skilled personnel, well organized production, extended stable relations with sub-contractors and contractors, excellent development facilities. Therefore we are fully confident about our future and can invite our potential customers to co-operate with TUPOLEV PSC in this promising field of aircraft industry, we also can deliver various transport means equipped with advanced interior to all those concerned in the shortest dates.