MAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 31773 posts, RR: 73 Posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 6930 times:
Russian airline Domodedovo Airlines plans on becoming the third airline flying between the US and Russia later this year. The airline is planning to begin scheduled charter service from Moscow's Domodedovo airport to both New York City and Miami later this year. The flights to Miami and New York City will be operated with IL-96-300(!) aircraft configured with 22 seats in business and 245 in economy. The airline recieved DOT approval to start the services this past May. Awesome news!
Domodedovo Airlines route network includes many domestic and former U.S.S.R. destinations from Moscow's Domodedovo airport and a decent number of holiday destinations from the airport, including Bangkok, Barcelona, Goa (India), and Thessaloniki.
UN_B732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4288 posts, RR: 4 Reply 5, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 6707 times:
The article says flights to Miami will be completed weekly, but didn't mention flights to New York. Will they route the Il-96 DME-JFK-MIA?
Yes! The Il-96 is wide, comfortable. Will the New York-Moscow market handle four carriers though? Continental (coming soon), Delta, Aeroflot, Domodedovo (Coming Soon
DME-MIA will do well, I'm certain. Why don't they run DME-ORD? That's a good route that's untapped so far, maybe once or twice a week.
How often will service be to JFK?
ORDagent From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 823 posts, RR: 1 Reply 14, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 6128 times:
Quoting UN_B732 (Reply 5): Why don't they run DME-ORD? That's a good route that's untapped so far, maybe once or twice a week.
IIRC SU tried ORD service but cancelled the flights. I'm not sure if they were charter or not. I managed to sneak on board an IL-86 when I worked for AA. The cabin was relatively modern an reminded me of an L-1011 as there were no central overhead bins. That is a major drawback. Of course on the -86 has the lower deck storage. It was hilarious seeing the ground handling company bring over stair trucks and being completely confused when the lower deck doors opened! I also got on board a RO Il-62. The front part of aircraft was devoid of seats. I'm not sure if it was for weight restrictions or for cargo.