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Why No Tu 154s For Interflug?  
User currently offlineColumba From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 7078 posts, RR: 4
Posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4327 times:

I was wondering why the East German Interflug never used the Tu 154 in airline service ?
They had 2 aircraft for VIP flights which later were taken over by the Luftwaffe. One later had a tragic accident as it had a mid air collison with an USAF C141.
The Tu 154 was the most common aircraft of Eastern countries it was in service with nearly all airlines on the other side of the iron curtain except East Germany. Can anybody give a reason for that ?
I know that there were plans to acquire Tu 204s but never Tu 154s.


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User currently offlineLevg79 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 995 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4107 times:

This is actually a very interesting issue. Maybe the fact that they needed the extra capacity of IL-62 had something to do with it.


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User currently offlineNG1Fan From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 446 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4014 times:

Didn't Interflug land a T-154 on a grass strip once? Or was that one of their VIP craft?

NG1Fan


User currently offlineColumba From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 7078 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3982 times:

Quoting NG1Fan (Reply 2):
Didn't Interflug land a T-154 on a grass strip once? Or was that one of their VIP craft?

That was an IL 62. The two Interflug Tu 154 were taken over by the Luftwaffe and the idea was to use them as surveillance aircraft under the open skies agreement.
After the fatal crash of 11 + 02 the second aircarft 11 + 01 was sold to a private airline in Bulgaria.



[Edited 2008-05-13 01:19:24]


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User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3915 times:

The Tu-134 was more common and the bread and butter airliner for Interflug.

User currently offlineColumba From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 7078 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3904 times:



Quoting Alessandro (Reply 4):
The Tu-134 was more common and the bread and butter airliner for Interflug.

I know but the Tu 154 was the bread and butter aircraft for many other airlines so I was wondering why Interflug was different from Malev, Lot, CSA etc....



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User currently offlineKonrad From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 531 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3819 times:

The Tu-154M variant, which is a nice aircraft, came out rather late, I think LOT got it by mid-80s, not sure about CSA and Malev though. The earlier Tu-154A versions has been used in large numbers by Aeroflot since 70s, but I am not sure if it's been sold outside of the CCCP.
Maybe Interflug really wanted that range of Il-62s for all those Cuba (and Angola) flights.


User currently offlineColumba From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 7078 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3703 times:

As it seems Interflug also did not have any plans to get Tu 154 later as this poster indicates:


Interesting is that the A310 is missing  Wink

[Edited 2008-05-13 06:55:03]


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User currently offlineFalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6127 posts, RR: 29
Reply 8, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3676 times:
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Quoting Columba (Reply 7):
As it seems Interflug also did not have any plans to get Tu 154 later as this poster indicates:

That is a cool poster!



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User currently offlineFlylot From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 187 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3670 times:



Quoting Columba (Reply 5):
I know but the Tu 154 was the bread and butter aircraft for many other airlines so I was wondering why Interflug was different from Malev, Lot, CSA etc....

The Tu-154 was more of a curse for LOT. They got them just as they were considering and moving on to western aircraft. They spent most of their time on the ramp waiting to be sold.



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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25700 posts, RR: 22
Reply 10, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 3526 times:



Quoting Columba (Reply 3):
Quoting NG1Fan (Reply 2):
Didn't Interflug land a T-154 on a grass strip once? Or was that one of their VIP craft?


That was an IL 62.

Two videos of that landing. It was its final flight after being retired. Now used as a museum.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lkl3jGxCKUI&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIKlyL_BC6g


User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 11, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3329 times:



Quoting Columba (Reply 7):
Interesting is that the A310 is missing

more interesting that their plans for the year 2000 included the Il-18 and Il-2...
As it is the poster probably predated the A310 order which came a bit out of the blue.



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User currently offlineRavel From Finland, joined Feb 2006, 137 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3285 times:

How did they manage to get A310 even though it was a western aircraft? Of course, it was European so maybe it was seen as a way to make new friends?

User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25700 posts, RR: 22
Reply 13, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3156 times:



Quoting Ravel (Reply 12):
How did they manage to get A310 even though it was a western aircraft?

Before the Iron Curtain fell a few other east bloc carrieers also bought western-built aircraft. JAT took delivery of 36 Douglas and Boeing aircraft between 1970 and 1988, and TAROM bought a couple of new 707s in the 1970s.


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