The end of the 60s of the last century was marked in the USSR by a sharp economic growth. The air transportation market was growing, and the rapid development of technology in the field aviation made Soviet liners created just 5 years ago obsolete.
The Soviet Union needed a new, modern mid-range aircraft that can accommodate up to 180 passengers.
Already in 1968, the prototype Tu-154 made its first flight, and only a year later it was presented in France at the Le Bourget air show. In 1970, the mass production of the new liner began.
By the 2013 year, when the assembly of the aircraft was discontinued, the Tu-154 underwent several upgrades.