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User currently offlineNoelg From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3371 times:

Following on from the IL-62 thread, and looking on various websites I find that flying on Russian airlines is incredibly cheap! This would be a good way to get a flight on a Tu-134/Tu-154/Yak-42 etc.

Which airlines fly these aircraft from within Europe (somewhere where you could get cheap flights on easyJet etc)?

We could even maybe organise a bit of an A.net meet including flying on a Russian airliner?

Cheers,
Noel.

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User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3337 times:

Quoting Noelg (Thread starter):
Which airlines fly these aircraft from within Europe (somewhere where you could get cheap flights on easyJet etc)?

You can go to Warsaw, from there you can fly on a Tu-154M on Aeroflot or Belavia. You can on the rarer occasion still see a Belavia Tu-134 in Poland, something you wont see anywhere else in the EU probably.


User currently offlineTripleDelta From Croatia, joined Jul 2004, 1123 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3335 times:
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Aeroflot Tu-154s are regular in countries that don't have strict noise regulations. ZAG gets them quite often (I think Aeroflot flies here 3 times a week). Sometimes they send a Bus, but usually it's the 154.

Judging from the films on FlightLevel 350, there are quite a few at PRG as well, even Tu-134s I think. Bulgarian operators (Balkan Hollidays Air, Bulgarian Air Charter, VIA) operate a few, as well as Siberia and Pulkovo. All these carriers fly to Western European countries so you may see them there (DUS, FRA and CGN have a relatively large number of them).



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User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3316 times:

Quoting Noelg (Thread starter):
Which airlines fly these aircraft from within Europe (somewhere where you could get cheap flights on easyJet etc)?

you could hop straight on to a Balkan Holidays Tu154 from the UK if you wanted. Don't know if they sell seat only though.

I used to fly on Malev TU154s between LHR and BUD in the mid 90s. Fantastic old things. Word of advice is to sit as far forward as possible. Those three rear engines make it a tad noisy at the back  Wink



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User currently offlineL410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5718 posts, RR: 18
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3265 times:

Quoting Noelg (Thread starter):
We could even maybe organise a bit of an A.net meet including flying on a Russian airliner?

Although I am not any special fan of Russian a/c, I've been thinking for couple of months about chartering one of the two Tu-154s owned by the Czech gov't for a sightseeing flight before they retire them for good - which should happen fairly soon. Haven't done any further research as far as feasibility, rates, terms and conditions etc., though.


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Maybe it could be done through or in cooperation with airevents, these guys seem to be really experienced in this field. I am not sure how much interest there would be... PRG is well connected with the UK and Germany so maybe there would be some interested folks as well?

Your thoughts???


User currently offlineNoelg From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3241 times:

Thanks guys for all your replies! Certainly looks like a trip to WAW or similar could be good!

Quoting L410Turbolet (Reply 4):
Maybe it could be done through or in cooperation with airevents, these guys seem to be really experienced in this field. I am not sure how much interest there would be... PRG is well connected with the UK and Germany so maybe there would be some interested folks as well?

That sounds like a really cool idea and something I had thought about before - I'm sure they would be willing to help if there were enough people willing to do the flight. PRG is really easy to get to from the UK - and with cheap beer and good spotting I'm sure is something that we could easily get good numbers from!

Would anyone else be interested in something like this?


User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3226 times:

The only "negative" thing with flying on a Tu-154 or similar from WAW or PRG or even HAJ is that you will need to obtain a visa for your destination, as I don´t see a destination of these flights in a country that does not require a visa.
And obtaining a visa for these countries is a process I don´t like (just my  twocents  )
-HT



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User currently offlineOHLHD From Finland, joined Dec 2004, 3962 posts, RR: 25
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 3134 times:

Quoting HT (Reply 6):
The only "negative" thing with flying on a Tu-154 or similar from WAW or PRG or even HAJ is that you will need to obtain a visa for your destination, as I don´t see a destination of these flights in a country that does not require a visa.
And obtaining a visa for these countries is a process I don´t like (just my )
-HT

Thats true, but (my 2cents  Smile ) at least when I look into my passport I know why my bank account looks poor  Silly

To many flights on airliners in visa countries.

Quoting Noelg (Reply 5):
Quoting L410Turbolet (Reply 4):
Maybe it could be done through or in cooperation with airevents, these guys seem to be really experienced in this field. I am not sure how much interest there would be... PRG is well connected with the UK and Germany so maybe there would be some interested folks as well?

That sounds like a really cool idea and something I had thought about before - I'm sure they would be willing to help if there were enough people willing to do the flight. PRG is really easy to get to from the UK - and with cheap beer and good spotting I'm sure is something that we could easily get good numbers from!

Any Russian anytime!!!! I will be on board.


User currently offlineMeridian From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 65 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3066 times:

Count me in! I've looked at flying with Balkan Holidays from East Midlands to Plovdiv with a Tu154. They seem to use an A320 in the summer though. The winter flight this year was a 154 every saturday. They offered flight only seats through their website. Very reasonable too. I'd love to fly on anything Russian.


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User currently offlineFlySSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7412 posts, RR: 57
Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3066 times:

PULKOVO flies regularly a Tu-154 on its LED-CDG-LED route ...

URAL AIRLINES also fly this a/c to CDG from ???


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User currently offlineAirevents From Germany, joined Jan 2002, 884 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3030 times:

Hi there, we would be willing to co-operate here. Please drop me a line at airevents@gmx.net and talk about the details a bit.

Cheers,

Sebastian



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User currently offlineNoelg From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2964 times:

Sebastian,

I've sent you an email!

Let410Turbolet - drop me an email through my profile!

Cheers,
Noel.


User currently offlineSu From Russia, joined Apr 2004, 360 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2869 times:

Quoting TripleDelta (Reply 2):
Aeroflot Tu-154s are regular in countries that don't have strict noise regulations

Now SU is using its TU154M to some of the europian cities. Inlike TU154B, TU154M is passing the nowdays noise regulations.



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User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1691 posts, RR: 31
Reply 13, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2781 times:

Noel,

Pulkovo is still using the TU154M on the Amsterdam-SanktPeterburg v.v. flights, so you might consider that routing as well



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User currently offlinePogo From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 355 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2769 times:

Don't forget Polkovo still operate Tu-154 every saturday LED-LHR-LED


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User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 15, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2657 times:

Pulkovo also operates a Tu-154M on LED - HAJ - HAJ several times a week; while in 2004 it sometimes was replaced by a IL-86 due to high demands (especially on Saturdays) - however in 2005 I´ve not yet seen a IL-86 of FV in HAJ.
-HT



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User currently offlineMeridian From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 65 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2548 times:

Has anyone booked flights through Pulkovo's website? Just wondering how they got on with tickets etc.


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User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 17, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2446 times:

Quoting Meridian (Reply 16):
Has anyone booked flights through Pulkovo's website? Just wondering how they got on with tickets etc.

No.
Apart from booking online on their website, I would also consider to see a specialized travel agency, as they can also be of help when dealing with the visa (plus often compulsory health insurance). At least in Germany there are some travel agents, that can build initeraries, that allow for some kind of "expediated" or "easier" issueing of visa.
-HT



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39898 posts, RR: 74
Reply 18, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2432 times:

Does Cubana send there IL-62 to Europe?
I think they still fly to the Canary Islands but I am not sure about Continental Europe.



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User currently offlineAfay1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1293 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2353 times:

The IYHA youth hostel in St. Petersburg can issue cheap visa letters, which you can take to a consulate or embassy outside Russia. I believe German citizens get the cheapest visas of the Western European countries due to some sort of reciprocity agreement (but can only get them in Germany). Ukraine has $40 visas for Frenchmen on the other cheap front.

User currently offlineBuyantUkhaa From Mongolia, joined May 2004, 2901 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2332 times:

Quoting HT (Reply 6):
The only "negative" thing with flying on a Tu-154 or similar from WAW or PRG or even HAJ is that you will need to obtain a visa for your destination, as I don´t see a destination of these flights in a country that does not require a visa.

What about Bulgaria? No EU citizen needs a visa there.



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User currently offlineINNflight From Switzerland, joined Apr 2004, 3766 posts, RR: 60
Reply 21, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2245 times:

Just in case you didn't know....

Aeroflot, Pulkovo aswell as VIA does regularly use their TU-154s to HAM!


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