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User currently offlineFlyGirl22 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 5 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1632 times:

Hello -

I am considering a trip to Yervan, Armenia from the US (NYC). I've looked at a bunch of airlines and routes, but would welcome comments from those who have traveled there. Best routes, interesting layovers, etc.

I am not a huge fan of certain older aircraft (i.e. Tupolev, Fokker), and know nothing of Armavia Airlines. The airlines and aircraft that are more familiar to me tend to be the most expensive tickets (30% more...).

Thanks for any suggestions and advice.

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User currently offlineAirxLiban From Lebanon, joined exactly 11 years ago today! , 4513 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1587 times:

Don't know what is going on with Armavia, or whatever its called nowadays, but they've got A320s.

Some of my family members have been to Yerevan from the US and the two most commonly used routes are LAX-JFK-PRG-EVN on DL/OK or simply BA/BMED through London.

If you want to avoid Russian aircraft then don't go on Aeroflot. I can't say for sure that SU fly russian aircraft to EVN from SVO, but I'm pretty damn sure its a Tu-154 rather than an Airbus.

Go with BA through London or take Skyteam. I think AF is starting service to Armenia soon. Other than that, I think that BA, OK, OS and SU are the only European airlines that fly to Armenia.



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User currently offlineWhiteHatter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1579 times:

BA do a service via LHR using BMed aircraft (Airbus planes in British Airways livery) which would be one-stop. But remember, obscure normally means expensive.

With BA the further away the dates then the better the fare. But at least you would have a reliable carrier and aircraft types (777 across the pond and then A320 family onwards).


User currently offlineCheco77 From Peru, joined Oct 2004, 1345 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1565 times:

Easy. Fly OK JFK-PRG-EVN. A A310 on the long leg, a 735 on the short leg. PRG is a nice airport to connect, very modern and efficient.
Have a nice flight.
Adam



Czech Boeing lover living in Lima
User currently offlineMD90fan From Bahamas, joined Jul 2005, 2931 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1563 times:

Armavia or Aremenian International has A320/IL-86 aircraft. If you are leaving from LAX there's BA/BMED LAX-LHR-EVN or AF LAX-CDG-EVN and I think LH flies to EVN via MUC or FRA. Then there's KL LAX-AMS-EVN (If they fly there).

Like AirxLiban said Aeroflot probably flies a Tu-134/154 there instead of a A32X.

Also you can see if maybe OS flies there (They fly to Baku) and you can try LAX-JFK/IAD-VIE-EVN on UA/OS

Hope that helped some  Smile



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User currently offlineFlyGirl22 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 5 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1538 times:

Many thanks for the quick and helpful suggestions.

Yes, DL out of JFK connects in Moscow and the EVN flights is a Tu-154. Call me crazy, I'd rather not get on one if I don't have to.

Checo77, thanks...unfortunately OK was the most expensive route with BA or VS via LHR a close second. I'll keep checking though, and my travel dates are flexible, so perhaps that will help.


User currently offlineAeroflot777 From Russia, joined Mar 2004, 3010 posts, RR: 27
Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1513 times:

Quoting FlyGirl22 (Reply 5):
Yes, DL out of JFK connects in Moscow and the EVN flights is a Tu-154. Call me crazy, I'd rather not get on one if I don't have to.

That's a shame, because you are missing out on a great aircraft...

Aeroflot777


User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8124 posts, RR: 54
Reply 7, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1459 times:

Yeah Tupolevs are built like tanks. And a lot of the machines in service with Aeroflot are quite young, they may be clockwork and lo-tech but the type was still in production way into the 90s (or even 00s?). So just cos it doesn't have CRT screens in the cockpit doesn't mean you're not on a new-build, low-time aircraft. In fact some of BA's A320s are the oldest planes in the entire BA fleet, older than the 737s and 767s. Because the A320 is still state of the art, you (or at least, I) think of all A320s as "new" (and I suppose, all Tu154s as "old"). But that really doesn't apply. The Tu154 you fly from Moscow to Yerevan will be the same approximate age as the 767-300 from Kennedy to Moscow. It may even be younger than the 767. Enjoy these beautiful planes while you can, before it's all just identical twin jets built from carbon fibre. Tupolevs are, on the contrary, like iron ships.


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User currently offlineMika From Sweden, joined Jul 2000, 2881 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1407 times:

Quoting FlyGirl22 (Reply 5):
Yes, DL out of JFK connects in Moscow and the EVN flights is a Tu-154. Call me crazy, I'd rather not get on one if I don't have to.

You are crazy, i would die to ride on one of those babies any day!

But then that's just me  Smile


User currently offlineMrcomet From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 556 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1398 times:

I fly to Yerevan through VIE although VIE is not the most interesting airport. However, there is a quick train into city. Beware of return times though because you sometimes have to wait for the train for some time. I like flying Luftwaffe or Austrian into these airports because you can avoid some of the hassles of the smaller airlines (cancelled flights, changed flight times, etc. )

The problem of flying into the Caucasus (Tbilisi and Baku as well) is that all the flights seem to arrive at 4 am. The border people are surly at that hour.

Also, watch your luggage weight. They check carefully in Armenia. Limits are too low. If you book separate tickets (the cheapest way to fly in that region) they will limit you to the inter-European limits which are 20kg.

Otherwise, Armenia is a fascinating place. Check out Ararat on a clear day. Breathtaking.



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