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Aeroflot Pricing (Soviet Days)  
User currently offlineCush From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 236 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 3312 times:

I was curious as to what the pricing for flights was like for Aeroflot during the Soviet days. The things I am curious about are local flights like LED-SVO, along with longer distance flights. Were they cheap (compared to todays standards) or what was an average ticket like? Was there a reservations center, or were you expected to purchase a ticket at the airport?

I am amazed at how expensive Russian air travel is nowadays. I am meeting a friend of mine, and it is cheaper for me to fly from the US to lets say Dubrovnik and include a nice 4 star hotel for 3 days, than for my friend to just book a cheap coach ticket there. Why is Russian air travel so expensive now?


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User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7702 posts, RR: 21
Reply 1, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 3240 times:
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Quoting Cush (Thread starter):
Why is Russian air travel so expensive now?

In a nutshell: The Russian Federation is a huge, sparsely-populated country.

Many routes exist out of pure necessity rather than because they are hugely profitable. There are serious costs in maintaining operations in far-flung corners of the biggest country in the world, in some of the most inhospitable weather conditions on the planet, with a chronically lacking infrastructure. Basically - it costs a lot to fly because it costs a lot to operate the flights.

Between the bigger centres of population you will see greater fare options and more competition, but even so - less than between western capitals for example. It's still a pretty closed market with limited alternatives. Where train options exist, journies can take several days and tickets can sell out quickly. Roads? You'd have to be insane.

As for the soviet pricing, not sure - but would guess most travel was highly subsidised and the fares not too expensive at all. Will try and find some sources.



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26956 posts, RR: 58
Reply 2, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 3230 times:

It was subsidised greatly and one could travel within the USSR for next to nothing. Locals paid in local currency rather than USD but you could fly 4-5 hours for around Equiv. $40-50 .

Fares for foreigners were also cheap compared to other airlines. For instance you could fly SU J Class for the price of the likes of BA/LH/KL's cheapest Y fares. The SU Y fares were so low also . SU were always the cheapest from LHR to Far East and Middle East. They had a major consolidator in the UK that did huge amounts of business.


User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7702 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 3219 times:
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Another thing to bear in mind - it depends when you're talking about. In the latter stages of the USSR things were not so cosy, and there seems to be a suggestion that it wasn't all that cheap. However, take the relatively-prosperous 60s and 70s and you'll see a different picture.


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User currently offlinesovietjet From Bulgaria, joined Mar 2003, 2604 posts, RR: 17
Reply 4, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2296 times:
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I've heard from several Russian friends that during Soviet times often it was cheaper to fly SVO-LED than to take the train!

User currently offlinemdavies06 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2009, 383 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2090 times:

Quoting Cush (Thread starter):
I am amazed at how expensive Russian air travel is nowadays. I am meeting a friend of mine, and it is cheaper for me to fly from the US to lets say Dubrovnik and include a nice 4 star hotel for 3 days, than for my friend to just book a cheap coach ticket there. Why is Russian air travel so expensive now?

What do you mean by this? You don't mean a coach ticket from Moscow to St.Petersburg or Moscow to Dubrovnik cost more than say $1,500 do you?


User currently offlineAirAfreak From United States of America, joined Apr 2012, 714 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 6 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 1787 times:
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I once purchased a ticket from IAD-SVO (technical stop in SNN) and from SVO to SEL (Seoul Kimpo) and this option was cheaper than flying KE, JL, NH, UA, NW, DL. I didn't get much sleep due to the noisy cabin, but the food was really great and the flight attendants were really nice. This was my only experience with Aeroflot Soviet Airlines.

I wonder why SU doesn't fly to FNJ anymore? They used to!

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User currently offlinereifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1357 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (1 year 6 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1641 times:

Interestingly this still exists, i.e. you can fly within Estonia cheaper than taking a bus...

User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6321 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (1 year 6 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1572 times:

Quoting AirAfreak (Reply 6):
I wonder why SU doesn't fly to FNJ anymore? They used to!

Did they fly from Moscow? If so, I imagine the high costs of operating that long of a flight to FNJ just isn't worth it. But I wonder if maybe they flew from VVO or somewhere similar in the East instead?


User currently offlineAirAfreak From United States of America, joined Apr 2012, 714 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 6 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1549 times:
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Quoting SW733 (Reply 8):

I honestly cannot remember. That was so long ago and when inquiring with reservations, I was shocked they had a flight there! Seoul was a little more expensive than Pyongyang, I remember.



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User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6321 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (1 year 6 months 22 hours ago) and read 1519 times:

Quoting AirAfreak (Reply 9):
I honestly cannot remember. That was so long ago and when inquiring with reservations, I was shocked they had a flight there! Seoul was a little more expensive than Pyongyang, I remember.

Honestly, VVO-FNJ would seem like a no-brainer for Aeroflot back in the day, and even today to some extent. Moscow just seems a little far fetched.


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