ACB777 From Canada, joined Sep 2003, 350 posts, RR: 2 Posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 2800 times:
This summer, I am planning to go to DXB. The cheapest way is on Aeroflot YVR-SEA-SVO-DXB. First of all, is Aeroflot a safe airline to travel on? Even though Aeroflot flies Boeing and Airbus planes, how is the maintenence? Is it safe to fly on one of Aeroflot's Russian planes? Also, what plane is used on the SVO-DXB route? I know it is a Russian plane. All replies would be appreciated.
TW741 From Liechtenstein, joined Sep 2004, 478 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2722 times:
Todays SU is meanwhile quite a safe airline as they are mostly in the international travel - the huge domestic network using the old TU104's and IL18's (just kidding for the plane types) is flown by seperated companies.
Maintenance wise I cant tell you anything.
SVO-DXB is usually flown by A320's and Il86/IL96 aircraft up to 3 times a day.
But there must be some experts from Russia around being able to tell you more.
COAMiG29 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 515 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2706 times:
I can assure you that Aeroflot is a great safe airline. they fly american made planes to america, european made planes to europe and russian planes within russia. Russian planes are very safe considering they were designed to take a punishment and survive. my advice is to fly Aeroflot.
have a good trip
If Continental had a hub at DFW with nonstop flights I would always fly them, unfortunantely good things take time.
Tsully From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 651 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2568 times:
I've always avoided them in my many (8) trips to SVO. But from talking to friends who have flown Aeroflot from LAX-SVO, the service/comfort is a bit below western standards. This probably has something to do with the Russian persona. Although they are some of the nicest people in the world, it takes some warming up before you can "click" with the average Russian. My guess is their standoff-ish personalities may present the cabin crew as rude, etc.
It's interesting, because my Russian friends absolutely HATE Aeroflot and swear that they are treated poorer than the foreign passengers. Ironically, my Russian friends always end up flying SU because it is always priced well below the competition.
In terms of safety, I wouldn't worry. The internal Russian flight may concern me a bit though. My dad is an airline pilot and there are certain airlines he doesn't like my family to fly. He's told me that for my travels to SVO, he has no objection with Aeroflot because of their modern planes which are likely maintained in America or Europe as they are primarily leased. Again, I probably wouldn't choose as a first choice to fly the internal Russian flight, although you can look at how many Russian flights operate each and every day without event. Overall, I'd skip Aeroflot and go with another airline...but I don't know what type of price difference you're looking at. I think the norm for the LAX-SVO route is $200-$300 below the competition.
I love America. I guess that makes me Bush's poodle, but I'd rather be a dog in New York City than a prince in Riyadh.
Afay1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1293 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2411 times:
Oh Please..... I've flown on many internal Aeroflot flights recently, on Russian metal, and was perfectly fine. OK, service can be a bit rude sometimes, but money is money. They are flown by Aeroflot mainline, or by subsidiary companies under their control. SVO-DXB is mainline. Plenty of western airlines have poor maintenance records, are shady (Alaska airlines anyone?), etc. Just because it had a poor Soviet reputation, doesn't mean it applies now. Go for it.....