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Author Topic: Time to say goodbye, comrade!  (Read 16 times)

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Time to say goodbye, comrade!
« on: September 13, 2021, 01:38:23 PM »
TOSHKENT - Tujue Airways has announced the retirement of its Vickers Viscount fleet. The British built aircraft was the first aircraft type operated by the Soviet Uzbek airline since its launch in 1959. The first Soviet Ilyushin Il-18 turboprop, which had been ordered by the airline as its mainline aircraft, came in starting from September the same year. With seven Il-18A and fourteen Il-18B aircraft, the Viscount aircraft are obsolete.

While one aircraft (CCCP-70001 with construction number 011) will be purchased and put on display at the Tashkent airport, all other aircraft are currently stored and will be returned to their owners very soon. Construction number 11 is the first production Vickers Viscount and was also the first aircraft operated by the Soviet Uzbek airline.

Tujue Airways is currently operated the locally made Ilyushin Il-14P for regional operations and the Ilyushin Il-18 for mainline operations. In the following five years, more aircraft will join the fleet with the larger Ilyushin Il-18V arriving next year and the Antonov An-24 turboprop in 1963, replacing the piston-engined Ilyushin Il-14P.

Replying on questions asked by the media, the CEO said the airline is talking with Antonov, Ilyushin, Tupolev and Yakovlev for a future jet aircraft, but the airline wasn't interested in the current Tupolev jet aircraft. "Our future is in the sky. Speed and range will be an important factor in the air transport within and beyond the glorious USSR. For now, the current Tupolev jetliners aren't suitable for our fleet..."
THY Tujue Hava Yollari - Tujue Airways


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