Flybynight From Norway, joined Jul 2003, 1024 posts, RR: 2 Posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 5583 times:
I've flown on just about everything Boeing, Douglas, Lockheed and Airbus has built since the 1960's, but unless I've forgotten about a flight, I've never flown on a Russian plane.
A very general question, but is the comfort and overall experience different? Obviously it depends a lot on the individual airlines.
Dalavia From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 549 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5188 times:
I have flown on quite a few Soviet aircraft, including two flights on Il-62s last week (with Air Koryo).
The big difference is the sound of the engines. When the Solovievs rev up for take off, it is like an orchestra of high pitched screaming whistles - a sound that once experienced is never forgotten, and NOTHING like western jets.
Congaboy From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 352 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5150 times:
I've flown on Aeroflot in their IL62 and IL86...it felt, well, spartan. You will not feel at all like you are on an Airbus based on cabin lighting, sound, seating config, interior decor, and smell. Remember that almost any Russian aircraft is going to be pretty old, so it will also feel nostolgic. Most of them also dont have state-of-the-art avionics, and you can tell by the way the pilot flies the aircraft (alot manual). I say every aviation enthusiast should do it at least once....
Swissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 33
Reply 6, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5110 times:
Quoting Flybynight (Thread starter): A very general question, but is the comfort and overall experience different? Obviously it depends a lot on the individual airlines.
Flew AN4, IL8, IL6, TU3, YK4 and TU5 plus YN7 and YN2
If you aren't very much into aviation you wouldn't really care. The seats and the cabin equipment are much more basic compared to modern Boeing and Airbus planes. Standard of the above planes could be compared to the 70s/80s. In most cases there is also more noise in the cabin (and of course outside) of those types above since they have older engines.
Smooth as silk - Royal Orchid Service /// Suid-Afrikaanse Lugdiens - Springbok
Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40030 posts, RR: 74
Reply 7, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 5104 times:
Flying on Soviet/Russian aircraft is an awesome experience and a MUST for all aviation enthusiast.
I've flown on Cubana's IL-62, Aeroflot's IL-96 and TU-154.
My favorite is the IL-62. As Dalavia mentioned above is the 'orchestra of high pitched screaming whistles' of the Soloviev engines.
One unique feature of Soviet/Russian aircraft is the seats. The seat backs can be pushed forward and used as a foot-rest for the passenger sitting behind if no one is sitting in front of you.
The IL-96 is very modern and was very similar to flying on a 777. The Aeroflot interior on the other hand was from an old IL-86 and the pilot did a late takeoff roll. Not sure if all Aeroflot IL-96 interiors are like this. I think they have changed from a 3-class to a 2-class. I flew on a 3-class IL-96.
Quoting LTU932 (Reply 2): I'd also like to fly on an IL-62, but without the hassle of having to visit FNJ for it. Too bad there are not many IL-62s flying right now.
Cuba still uses them and since you're not a US citizen, visiting Cuba is a lot easier. Most importantly, Cuba is a hell of a lot more fun than North Korea. Cuba is a party place with nice beaches. North Korea is not. I'd highly recommend flying there IL-62 and IL-96. I was not too crazy about Aeroflot's IL-96, mainly because of the service and interior.
The Soloviev engines on the IL-62 and TU-154 are my favorite engine sounds.