I'm starting to wonder what it takes to get the brokers to release planes on the used market when they should know there is basically just one buyer out there and he has cash on hand. I see 26 Tu-134s and just 4 Tu-154s that haven't been scrapped yet. I got the last of four 154Bs in the world and the last of just two 154B-1s which will leave them as the only aircraft of their exact type in my fleet. I do however still have all four Tu-154B-2s from when I launched that model. The three different variants has no effect on commonality as they all use the same engines just like the 134. As far as 134s go, all I have managed to scrounge up in the last couple of years was a single very old 134A (actually one of the very first planes I used at the start of the game) that I put on the Pyongyang route in honor of Air Koryo. I can't help but believe that the last two 134Bs that haven't been scrapped were among the 21 I built and I really want them back.
On the new production front, someone has acquired ten of the twelve modern Tu-154Ms built by Vlado Air before the Gulf War destroyed his Iraq-based operation and the Il-96-300 he launched is still getting orders although production is ridiculously slow. Only three Il-96s are currently in storage. Meanwhile between myself and Vilnair, along with a few other orders from outside Red Star, we have turned the Yak-42D into a truly successful model. I have coincidentally 42 in the air right now of 63 in operation and the 12 orders split across three airlines should keep production open throughout 1995.
I am making strong profits with all three of my fleet types (Tu-134A/B, Tu-154B/B-1/B-2, Yak-42D) as should be evidenced by my continued direct purchases of both new and used aircraft that approached $100 million in each of the last four years. Revenue cracked the billion dollar mark for the first time last year and continues to grow.
We've got six years left and my Tupolevs are due to get very very old but I can afford to maintain them and I think I have proven their viability.