Tupolev Tu-154

Tupolev Tu-154

General Information

Manufacturer: Tupolev 

Role: Narrow-body jet airliner

First flight: October 4, 1968

Primary airlines: Aeroflot Russian Airlines, Air Koryo, ALROSA Airlines, Azerbaijan Airlines, Russian Air Force, Uzbekistan Airways

Passenger seating: 114-180

Models:  Tu-154, Tu-155, Tu-324, Tu-334


  • Kuznestov NK-82U turbo fan and Soloviev D-30KU-154 two-shaft low-bypass turbo fan engines
  • Maximum range 2,500 nautical miles
  • Able to operate from airfields as short as 8,530 ft (2,600 m) at maximum take-off weight.

Fun Facts

  • In 1921, Tupolev was the first Soviet built aircraft.
  • Since the inception of the airline in 1923, the Tu-154 had carried half of all Aeroflot passengers.
  • The Tu-144 Charger was the first commercial supersonic transport aircraft (SST) in the world.
  • In 1971, the Tu-154 initial version delivered mail.
  • The Tu-154 had one of the longest production runs in airliner history from 1968 to 2013.
  • With a cruising speed of 530 mph (850 kmh) the Tu-154 is one of the fastest civilian aircraft in use and has a range of 3,280 mi (5,280 km)

Type Rating

Pilots must earn their type rating in the Tupolev Tu-154 to be qualified to fly this aircraft. In most cases, the airline you fly for will get you type-rated.

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