JoeCattoli From Italy, joined Aug 2005, 579 posts, RR: 3 Posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3180 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)
OHLHD From Finland, joined Dec 2004, 3962 posts, RR: 23
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3022 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. I am sure the are more pics of other Russian aircraft.
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
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 27771 posts, RR: 22
Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2964 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.