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Cuba takes delivery of first Russian-made cargo airplane

RIA Novosti

03/08/2007 15:37 ULYANOVSK, August 3 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's Ulyanovsk-based Aviastar-SP has delivered the first of four Tu-204SE transport airplanes it is building for Cuba's flagship carrier, Cubana de Aviacion, the company said Friday.

The second plane will be transferred to the Cuban airline later in August, while the remaining two, including one passenger jet, will be delivered in the fourth quarter of this year.

The Tu-204SE is a modernized version of the Tu-204 medium-haul airliner. It features a higher lifting capacity - five metric tons more than its predecessors - and fully meets Russian and international aviation standards.

Last year, the Cuban carrier bought two Il-96-300's, powered by PS90A engines, as part of a contract between the Russian leasing company Ilyushin Finance Co. and Cuba's state-owned Aviaimport SA.

The new planes were equipped with an explosion localization system, which can absorb the explosive force of 0.4-0.5 kilograms of TNT equivalent on board the aircraft.



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