Laxintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 28457 posts, RR: 50
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2712 times:
Actually its not part just the availability of modern equipment. Until about late 80's/1990 or so, the USSR required carriers that made use of its trans-Siberia routes to stop in Moscow on atleast one such service per week, or to provide independent service to the USSR as part of its granting of the overflight permission.
This is for instance why carriers such as Virgin used to then have its NRT-LGW service stop in SVO once per week.
Back then there also was a need by some carriers to fly with a Russian navigator/translator on board, (As if the western INS equipment would not be capable in navigating across the Soviet Union.) In addition the ability by ATC to speak English once beyond Moscow until reaching the Pacific coast was often minimal.
Lastly you would never want to stray off an airway, and one had near no clue were many potential enroute alternate airfields were located as the aeronautical charts made no mention of many.
From the desert to the sea, to all of Southern California
Andaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2554 times:
Quoting Aeroflot777 (Reply 1): With all the modern aircraft, I would say that the Moscow stop is not necessary anymore. It saves money on the extra landing.
True. When Finnair started non stop flights to Tokyo (first one in Europe if I rememeber right) in early 1980s, it has to use the north pole route (DC-10 with extra fuel tanks), the old Soviet Union didn't allow to use it's airspace.
Of course now it's ok, and Finnair has the fastest (as being the closest..) connection from Europe to Japan (to Tokyo and Osaka, plus Nagoya next year).
Yes : Aeroflot !
They still propose a flight CDG-SVO-NRT, with the same flight number (SU575) though I think there is a plane change at SVO....
They propose very interesting fares on this route, and work also with some T.O in France.
MOW From Israel, joined Dec 2005, 203 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2039 times:
JL was flying weekly NRT-SVO-FCO with 744 equipment until MAR 2005. This one was really the last remnant. CX is planning to resurrect the MOW stopover - starting summer schedule 2006 they are planning to fly triple-weekly HKG-SVO-MAN route.