Cfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 969 times:
I took a picture of this Yak-42 in Kuala Lumpur - Lion Airlines. The plane is leased from Russia, and still has Russian registration, but I can't find any reference to Lion in the JP catalog. Anybody know where they come from, what kind of fleet they have.
SashA From Russia, joined May 1999, 861 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 836 times:
Cool... but I'm sure it wouldn't have been too hard to remove Russian flag from the forward of fuselage. Duh...
My experiences of flying on Yak-42: takes-off like a missile, straight upwards, almost. Nice... but very crammed seats, in fact, Yak-42s achieved least possible cabin space per pax, read it somewhere...
Cfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 826 times:
It is somewhat of a box. 6 pax per row, 20 rows, every single one that I've seen.
I hate the thing. Ugly as hell, and the early versions had a nasty habit of shedding its tailplane in midair. I had a smoke-in-cabin experience in a Yak-42 about 7 or 8 years ago, which caused us to make an emergency landing in Lipetsk.
As far as Russian/Soviet Tri-jets go, I prefer the Tu-154. It's older, and I've ridden in a couple that sounded like they would fly apart at any moment at takeoff, but it flies like a fighter and is probably the most beautiful airliner I know, other than Concorde (I love the bird-of-prey position of the wings when you watch one land.)