The whole problem with this aircraft is that it took too long to build. Yes, and appeared at a time when it was not at all aviation. And the point here is not only in the dashing 90s, but that the government of the USSR and the Tupolev Design Bureau for 13 years could not decide which aircraft to build. The concept of the future liner has changed several times.
At the beginning of the project it was a plane with two engines in the rear fuselage of the Tu-134 type, about which we told earlier. After a few years, the concept has changed: according to her, it was planned to build a three-engine plane like the American McDonnell Douglas DC-10. A few years later, the new Minister of Aviation Industry of the USSR demanded the creation of a new passenger aircraft corresponding to the level already created overseas Boeing-757 / 767. And only at the beginning of 1986, the government makes a decision in a form in which it is now known.