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Why Aeroflot IL96-300 In Salzburg SZG? + Footage  
User currently offlineJoeCattoli From Italy, joined Aug 2005, 569 posts, RR: 3
Posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2763 times:

Hi there, I have a question for you guys, might not be a very deep one but I'll go anyways (tried a search but wasn't able to find anything satisfactory enough)

I've been seeing since quite some time beautiful photos of the beautiful Aeroflot IL96 in SZG, and have also wondered why such a small airport requires that big of an aircraft from Aeroflot, while I'm happy they deploy it there I can't quite figure it out, even more so because from my understandings Aeroflot does not have other scheduled widebody service to other European airports (may be some to East European destinations?). How many seats does an Aeroflot configured IL96 feature? Would be very nice to see such a rare beauty in more European or American scenarios.

Only thing I can think of, is this aircraft has a bunch of chartered seats for skiers and that the service is not daily, but I couldn't find data to back up my suppositions. And if so, is the area that popular with Russians that they prefer it to most other ski destinations? Maybe a tour operator agreement-related issue.

Now, for yours and my pleasure (we say: the eye also wants its part)

Recent:

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Photo © Andreas Müller - Spotterteam Graz
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Older livery:

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Some other Aeroflot equipment in same location, widebodies and not (seems really a longtime popular route):

A313ET:

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Tu154M and Tu154B-2:

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Yak40 and Tu134A:

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763ER:

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Must be the highlights for the lucky SZG spotters!

Sorry I got a little carried out for your taste, a free evening and a few beers can do wonders...

Ciao
Joe

[Edited 2008-02-01 14:19:03]

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User currently offlineMD90fan From Bahamas, joined Jul 2005, 2931 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2752 times:

Airliners World had a magazine a few years back and said the ski resorts in the area are a popular retreat for Russians/Ukrainians.


http://www.devanwells.blogspot.com/
User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25346 posts, RR: 22
Reply 2, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2607 times:



Quoting MD90fan (Reply 1):
Airliners World had a magazine a few years back and said the ski resorts in the area are a popular retreat for Russians/Ukrainians.

As mentioned it was no doubt for peak season ski traffic. SU sometimes substitutes wide-bodies on their SVO-GVA route during the ski season replacing the usual A320/321.


User currently offlineOHLHD From Finland, joined Dec 2004, 3962 posts, RR: 25
Reply 3, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2605 times:

There are enormous amount of Russian people who want to go skiing in Austria. Russian aircraft are really common on Austrian regional airports during winter.  Smile I am sure the are more pics of other Russian aircraft.  Smile

User currently offlineJoeCattoli From Italy, joined Aug 2005, 569 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2573 times:

Quoting JoeCattoli (Thread starter):
Sorry I got a little carried out for your taste

This sentence obviously was to be Sorry IF I got a little carried out for your taste, because I'm sure there are some die-hard anetters that didn't mind it too much, as I didn't in similar and longer photos revivals... had some spare time and thought i wouldn't do no harm hehe.

Quoting OHLHD (Reply 3):
I am sure the are more pics of other Russian aircraft. Smile

You're telling you didn't have enough?

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 2):
As mentioned it was no doubt for peak season ski traffic

Understand that, wondered no other widebody I can remember being sent elsewhere on similar missions.
You're saying these flights are then not scheduled but only charters?

Quoting OHLHD (Reply 3):
There are enormous amount of Russian people who want to go skiing in Austria. Russian aircraft are really common on Austrian regional airports during winter

Any thought why they prefer Austria so much in comparison to other similar ski destination?



Ciao
Joe

[Edited 2008-02-01 17:56:16]

User currently offlineOHLHD From Finland, joined Dec 2004, 3962 posts, RR: 25
Reply 5, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2559 times:



Quoting JoeCattoli (Reply 4):
You're telling you didn't have enough?

:D I was referring to other airlines.  Smile

I believe the Austrians have reacted very fast to rising demand from Russia. Hotels, Bars, Shops etc have their prices etc in Russian already and these people are welcome and feel like that.

Also other northern countries like Finland, Sweden etc like Austria very much for skiing and alcohol parties.  Smile and have a lot of charters during the winter season.


User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25346 posts, RR: 22
Reply 6, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2547 times:



Quoting JoeCattoli (Reply 4):
Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 2):
As mentioned it was no doubt for peak season ski traffic

Understand that, wondered no other widebody I can remember being sent elsewhere on similar missions.
You're saying these flights are then not scheduled but only charters?

I don't know anything about SU's flights to SZG but Amadeus shows a once-weekly A321 SVO-SZG on Saturday. However that flight doesn't appear in SU's website so it may be a semi-charter operation, possibly replaced by the IL-96 in the photo to meet demand.

There are quite a few ski-season charter flights from Russia to GVA in addition to SU and LX scheduled flights.


User currently offlineJoeCattoli From Italy, joined Aug 2005, 569 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2532 times:



Quoting OHLHD (Reply 5):
I was referring to other airlines

Yeah i figured it out you could have meant that and I sound a whole lot of other Russian airlines as you said

Quoting OHLHD (Reply 5):
Also other northern countries like Finland, Sweden etc like Austria very much for skiing and alcohol parties.

Looking forward to meet you snowboarding in Austria then Big grin Could be a nice background for a mad a.netters meet-up.

Thanks for the info Viscount,

Ciao
Joe


User currently offlineOHLHD From Finland, joined Dec 2004, 3962 posts, RR: 25
Reply 8, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2525 times:



Quoting JoeCattoli (Reply 7):
Could be a nice background for a mad a.netters meet-up.

That sounds like fun. Big grin But no snowboarding for me.I head for the bars straight away. Big grin


User currently offlineJoeCattoli From Italy, joined Aug 2005, 569 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2513 times:



Quoting OHLHD (Reply 8):

Ok, I'll join when I'm already a bit wasted from a snowboarding day... Big grin

BTW anyone on the seating configuration?

Ciao
Joe


User currently offlineOHLHD From Finland, joined Dec 2004, 3962 posts, RR: 25
Reply 10, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2503 times:



Quoting JoeCattoli (Reply 9):

It is 22C / 213Y.  Smile


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