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User currently offlineGeorgiabill From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 836 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 7747 times:
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I was wondering if any of you had an opportunity to fly on a Tu 134. I was interested in knowing if the the experience was compatible with a Dc-9 or Bac 111. Was the engine noise in the cabin louder than the western built jets. Were the seats comfortable,leg room etc. I have had the opportunity to fly on a Tu 154m and Il 62m. Enjoyed both experiences.

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User currently offlineChiguire From Venezuela, joined Sep 2004, 2005 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 7725 times:

I had the chance to fly on a Malev Tu134 from MUC to BUD. This must have been around 1990 or 1991.
First I was a bit afraid when I saw or bus heading that plane. But as we came closer it looked very nice and clean. Inside I had the impression that it was almost new. Nice seats, very clean.
The flight was very comfortable. The seats comfortable.
I can't compare with the Bac 1-11, but I can definetly say that it was a more comfortable experience than with some of the older DC9-30 that are flying around (especially in our country).
I would say that a new Tu134 compared with a DC9 (if it was new) would be around the same. I would fly the Tu134 again (with a reliable airline).

User currently offlineColumba From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 7217 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 7681 times:

I have only flown with a Aeroflot Tu 154 and it was a great experience. Great take-off, I think the rotation speed was the highest I have ever experienced on any airliner.

It will forever be a McDonnell Douglas MD 80 , Boeing MD 80 sounds so wrong
User currently offlineUN_B732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4297 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 7622 times:

yep. I flew it KBP-VKo-KBP on Air Ukraine (6U) and might have even flown in round-trip twice.
ONe of the 6U Tu-134s had leather, the other had your typical slimline Soviet seats that fall when empty (for quick conversation to cargo)
It's not terribly noisy if I remember correctly, beautiful aircraft, but sadly heading into history soon.
-Mr. X

What now?
User currently offlineL410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5923 posts, RR: 18
Reply 4, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 7613 times:

I flew CSA's Tu-134s several times back in the mid-1980s. The ticket between PRG and SXF cost some 4 (four) USD, which was cheaper than train. Unfortunately I was too small to remeber details, although I remember the addictive smell of burnt jet fuel and the incredible noise when these jets were taking-off.

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User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1716 posts, RR: 29
Reply 5, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 7601 times:

Yeah, flew several of them: AMS-WAW-AMS and HEL-WAW on LOT and AMS-SXF-AMS on Interflug:

Do remember, airconditioning was poor and a lot of vapour came from the vents making the cabin look like "steaming"; the seats were of a cinema-type and quite narrow; windows were quite big (if you had one) and even the toilets had windows (in the roof top)...
During taxi, they had that typical 134-sound and during take-off (next to the engines) it was deafening  Smile

Great aircraft to fly on, especially during those steep take-offs  thumbsup 

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User currently offlineEurofleetLHR From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 101 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 7573 times:

I flew in a Balkan Bulgarian Tu-134 in 1985, from Brussels to London.

The seats were veru narrow, the recline had btoken on most of them (in the reclined position!), and the cabin bulkheads covered in vinyl.

The cabin smelled heavily of kerosene (heaven for us enthusiasts, but un-nerving for others), and was very noisy once the engines started. I was about half way down the cabin and it was much noisier than either a DC-9 or BAC 1-11. Excellent climb-out from BRU, due to light loading.

First ever flight I took where music was played in the cabin throughout the flight, one song that I particularly remember had the lyrics "you must be out of your mind".

In-flight catering was modest - a plastic cup containing a sachet od instant coffee, the crew then passed through with hot water. Food was just a packet of what I think could loosely be described as cheese straws - with a very heavy taste of kerosene !

User currently offlineBHXDTW From Eritrea, joined Feb 2005, 1104 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 7572 times:

is there any airline you can fly with within western europe with a Tu-134 ?
I would love to fly one..
I once used to look after a TU-154 at BHX for Balkan Bulgarian on charters to Varna... now that was cool.. I never flew on it, but the whole plaine fascinated me !! I have no idea why, but I think it was because of the old flight deck, the non-english speaking crews and the brokn ventilation system. That having been said I LOVED watching that bird get airbourne !!! man It flew fast ...

User currently offlineRedChili From Norway, joined Jul 2005, 2394 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (10 years 10 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 7556 times:

I've flown the T134 a total of 51 times on 10 different Russian airlines. Some interesting facts about them:

1) Some of them (maybe all, I can't remember) have windows in the lavatories. Granted, the windows are small portholes, and they point almost right upwards, so you can actually see a piece of the tailfin there. SK claims that they were the first to introduce windows in lavatories, but this is far from true.

2) Some of them had rearwards facing seats, but only the first row.

3) I noticed several times that I flew the T134 that when lining up on the runway, the pilots put on maybe 80 percent power on the engines (which was quite noisy), then lowered to maybe 40 percent power, before going up to 100 percent power (very noisy!). Only then did they release the brakes. I have no idea what this "test-run" at 80 percent was for.

Quoting Georgiabill (Thread starter):
Were the seats comfortable,leg room etc.

In Y-class, exactly same type of seats as on T154 and all other Russian jets, which are not very comfortable. Seat pitch was also horrible, except on row 13 (emergency exit), which had seat pitch almost like intercontinental C-class. So row 13 is the lucky row on the T134.


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User currently offlineTeva From France, joined Jan 2001, 1881 posts, RR: 15
Reply 9, posted (10 years 10 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 7554 times:

My first flight on a commercial aircraft was DBV IST DBV with an Avogenex TU134.
I was 7 years old .So, at that time, everything was very exiting for me, and and didn't pay attention to seat pitch, etc..
I just remember the way in was a morning flt, and I realy enjoyed the large windows.
And I also remember the huge turbulences during the return flt (night flt; lightening...) Some people were really terrified. For me, it was very funny !

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