The airline "VIM-Avia" signed at MAKS-2013 the firm contract for the supply of leased five Tu-204SM, with an option for another five such aircraft. A corresponding agreement was signed with the leasing company "Ilyushin Finance".
Delivery period — 2015-2016 years.
The airline's fleet currently consists of 11 medium-haul Boeing 757-200, which will be removed from the carrier fleet with the arrival of new machines. For 6 months, the group of companies "VIM-Avia" carried more than 665 thousand passengers. The growth of passenger traffic compared with the same period in 2012 was more than 9 percent.
The new passenger aircraft Tu-204SM certified Interstate Aviation register at the end of May 2013. Currently, the Ulyanovsk plant "Aviastar-SP" four Tu-204SM is staffed by 50 percent, but only until 2017, it is planned to build 20 of these machines.
Tu-204SM — an upgraded version of the Tu-204. It is designed to carry up to 200 passengers up to 4,800 kilometers. From the previous version of Tu-204 modernized version differs improved aircraft technical and operational characteristics. In particular, the new aircraft is equipped with an auxiliary power unit / MAT / TA18-200M and improved engine PS-90A2.