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Russian Airliners - Why Do They Still Bother ?

I'm playing a game on the iPad called Airport Tycoon when I'm commuting, and this eventually led me into looking at the current Russian airliners offering.

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Pictured above is a Tupolev Tu-204, it's a modern narrow-body similar to a 757 with a modern glass-cockpit and equally modern (and Western) Rolls-Royce engines.

The thing is, since its launch in 1989, Tupolev never made more than 10 in a year, with an average of about 2 a year (some years they made zero of them)

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Out of the 41 in service, 16 are stored and only 15 are on firm order.

How is it even profitable for Tupolev, and how is it even a good idea for a commercial airline to fly these oddball planes ?

By comparison, Boeing delivered 482 737's (all version) in 2014

But there's also Ilyushin ..

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The IL-96 is even more marginal. It's a long haul wide body similar to the 767.

14 have been made (all version) and 12 are stored.

I don't understand Russian airliners.

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