Ulyanovsk is a city on the Volga river where the main transportation routes intercross. It is also the place of major air routes from Europe and the European part of Russia to Siberia, to the Russian Far East and Asia.
Here in 1976 there was started the construction of the Ulyanovsk Aviation Industrial Complex that was later called "Aviastar". Today it is one of the largest producers of aircrafts for Russia and former Soviet countries.
The complex specializes in production of modern passenger and cargo aircrafts of Tu-204 series and unique transport civil planes An-124-100 "Ruslan".