Tu144d From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 198 posts, RR: 3 Posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 5500 times:
SU ceased flying SVO-SNN-MIA back in '98..but my question is could a direct MIA-SVO work? I hear there is a large Russian and eastern european population in Florida. If the flights were timed to connect to SU's flights to other eastern european capitals as well as flights to Japan, India and Thailand it seems feasible that it would work. There is large number of people who fly SU to India. Last time I was at Dulles about 80% of Aeroflot's IAD-SVO sector passengers were Indians connecting to BOM and DEL. I guess that is why they flight their 777's to Delhi.
MAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 31744 posts, RR: 73 Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 5438 times:
In the future, it is not something I would rule out, but I don't think it is a priority for SU. As you said, there is a huge Russian community in South Florida, numbering over 125,000. However, that only fills seats, not the airline's wallet. I do think Aeroflot could do well with three weekly non-stop 767s to Moscow.
KFLLCFII From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 3282 posts, RR: 32 Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 5386 times:
I didn't know that there's a huge Russian community here in South Florida...interesting. I've lived here my entire life, and I have yet to meet a Russian So.Fla. resident. I know of "Little Havana" in the central Miami area, but not of "Little Moscow". Is there an area that is predominantly Russian, or is everyone just scattered?
"About the only way to look at it, just a pity you are not POTUS KFLLCFII, seems as if we would all be better off."
Aeroflot777 From Russia, joined Mar 2004, 2974 posts, RR: 29 Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 5318 times:
Aeroflot used to have over 1,000 civil planes alone. You have got to remember how huge the Soviet network was. Of course there was one major hub, Moscow, but that didn't mean anything. Because each major city had a huge network of their own. Such as Tbilisi, they had flights to many places from there. Basically what I'm trying to get at is that there was a huge amount of flights that did not involve Moscow in any way. Also during the Soviet Union Aeroflot was present in all 5 Moscow airports as opposed to just one now!
Miamix707 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 5296 times:
I don't even think 1000 is that impressive of a figure.. I would've guessed more.. since pretty much every soviet plane type from the small An-2 to the big An-124 had Aeroflot colors back then. Actually just jets alone, I'm pretty sure it was over 1000.
I don't mean to be picky but in '99 was when they stopped serving Miami, not 98. In early '98 they still brought in the Il-62!. Shortly after it was all A310.. until sometime -I think it was spring of '99- when the service ended.
I remember once in '94 I was coming from MCO and when we landed there were 2 IL-62s next to each other. Did SU have a 2x frequency on some days?
Tu144d From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 198 posts, RR: 3 Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 5105 times:
My mistake Miamix707. It was 99 when SU stopped flying. I think I was thinking of when Alaska stopped flying to the Russian Far East. At one point I think Aeroflot flew as much as 4 x a week to Miami. I remember seeing their IL-62 there in MIA on my way back from Rio de Janeiro once. It's possible they had two Il-62 parked at once. At that time I think they were flying: Moscow-Stockholm-Shannon-Miami-Santaigo, Moscow-Shannon-Miami-Mexico City and Moscow-Shannon-Miami-Santiago. Can anyone verify this?
Dazeflight From Germany, joined Jun 1999, 578 posts, RR: 2 Reply 10, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 5031 times:
Back in the days, Aeroflot was not just an airline, it was like the administration for civil flying in russia. It did not operate military planes, altough some military planes have been painted in aeroflot colors (IL76) for hiding purposes. All Civil Planes (even agricultural planes), helicopters and so on where operated by the different aeroflot divisions. I guess, altogether, the number should be more than 10000.