Tupolev Tu-154B

Active since 1976

The Tupolev Tu-154 is a three-engined, medium-range, narrowbody airliner designed and manufactured by Tupolev. A workhorse of Soviet and subsequently Russian airlines for several decades, it carried half of all passengers flown by Aeroflot and its subsidiaries and remaining the standard domestic-route airliner of Russia and former USSR states until the mid-2000s. The Tu-154B was a version with a new and stronger wing, as the original Tu-154 and Tu-154A suffered wing cracks after a few years in service. It also had an additional fuselage fuel tank, additional emergency exits in the tail and an increased maximum takeoff weight. The aircraft featured more seats to improve the economics of the airplane and its autopilot was certified for ICAO Category II automatic approaches.

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