Afay1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1293 posts, RR: 3 Posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1379 times:
Has anyone here flown or had any experience with Lviv Airlines (Code 5V)? Their website is a bit light on information (http://avia.lviv.ua/), but I would like to fly to Lviv (Lvov in Russian) in western Ukraine to ski this winter and they are the only airline that flies direct from Moscow (Vnukovo). It would be on a 3 hour flight on an aging Antonov An24B turboprop. Any info would be great. Thanks!
Ben From Switzerland, joined Aug 1999, 1391 posts, RR: 51 Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1310 times:
I guess the answer is no.............
You didn't exactly give us much time to respond!
Anyway, the answer is Yes.
I have been on 2 of their aircraft. An-24 UR-46305 from Warsaw to Lvov and UR-46383 from Lvov to Kiev Zhulyany.
The airline also operates Yak-42Ds, Il-76s and maybe a few odd others.
They are just the same as any of the "babyflots"... a regional division of the Soviet Aeroflot that became Air Ukraine when Ukraine got it's independence and then Air Ukraine was separated into the various 'home fleets'. One of them being Lvov Airlines.
Both aircraft were single class layout with a standard Russian style cabin. Nice big windows, but no window shades, just the usual white curtains. Seats were generally good. Enough leg room. No safety cards for me to have.
We got a full meal service (and a choice!) on both flights and full bar/drinks service. I can't remember exactly what the food was, but I have never had a problem with food on aircraft in the former USSR or Eastern Europe. It does tend to be 'regional' tho, so you normally get the local sausage as part of it somewhere. Of course the WAW-LWO flight was catered in Warsaw.
To tell you the truth, I don't know why people have hangups about the An-24. Sure the cabin didn't look 'brand new', the colours were very '70s.. but not overpowering. Light blues, light oranges etc.. The cabin feels quite bright compared to the Tu-154 for instance.
I think the An-24 is comparable to any other regional turboprop. No better, no worse. Have you been on an An-24 before?
As for the Airport, we have discussed it a few times on this forum so you can do a search. It's my all time favourite airport.. You walk to/from the terminal and your aircraft. More like a country mansion than an airport, very small and cosy, recently restored, well-kept gardens everywhere (including airside!).
Sorry I can't show you the pictures of the aircraft and airport. I don't have a scanner or place to host the photos.
I highly recommend you go to Ukraine, Lvov and fly with 5V. If you have any more questions, just ask.
p.s. Sorry to Slawko if I spell some things the wrong way ...
Slawko From Canada, joined May 1999, 3799 posts, RR: 9 Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1184 times:
I also flew the Lviv-Warsaw route with this airline, and infact the aircraft that I was on was somewhat restored, with new carpet and curtins...like Ben said the service was rather good, and the flight was much more comfortable then the Lot ATR service from Warsaw-Lviv....
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Afay1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1293 posts, RR: 3 Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1131 times:
Thanks for all the info! I feel much better about the whole prospect. I have never flown on an An-24 and have a friend who flew on an Aeroflot one with burlap bag seats and rope seatbelts, so not wanting to dismiss the prospect out of hand, I asked you guys. I have looked up the info on the terminal, etc., and am now excited about the trip. Thanks again!