Trintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3287 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2047 times:
It is very difficult to answer this question as in those days SU simply absorbed all the civil aircraft built and flown within the USSR. As such, in addition to jet airliners it also operated helicopters, crop-dusters and a range of other types that were not necessarily airliners. It even operated some military types like IL-76s on behalf of the military - the civilian marking helping to ease access to overseas ports. SU only really became an airline in the more conventional sense in post-Soviet times - before that it was more like a civil aviation department of the Soviet Government.
EXTspotter From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 992 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1999 times:
In the years before the collapse of the USSR, there was a few hundred "airliners", TU-134s, TU-154s, IL-62s, IL-76s, IL-86s, AN-38s..., There were so many as it served all of the soviet union meaning that there were lots of medium/long routes within it.
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