FlyGirl22 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 5 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 1988 times:
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...).
MD90fan From Bahamas, joined Jul 2005, 2931 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1919 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
Cedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8558 posts, RR: 53
Reply 7, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1815 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.
fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
Mrcomet From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 596 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1754 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.