Gr8Circle From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 3045 posts, RR: 4 Reply 2, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 9022 times:
I used to watch IL-62's of Czechoslovakian Airlines and Aeroflot take-off from BOM, back in the 70's, and always used to marvel at their low takeoffs....they would be much lower than most other planes and would take a looooong time to climb up.......I wonder why.....
But they were cool to watch....and used to sound very nice too.....
SDQ777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 58 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 8984 times:
Quoting Gr8Circle (Reply 2): I used to watch IL-62's of Czechoslovakian Airlines and Aeroflot take-off from BOM, back in the 70's, and always used to marvel at their low takeoffs....they would be much lower than most other planes and would take a looooong time to climb up.......I wonder why.....
I remember seeing the "OK Jet" logo on the IL-62's when I flew into Santo Domingo. It would have been nice to see one on take off.
I think it should indeed be the Sudanese aircraft.
Regarding operators, (at least) last year we had in Tallinn in addition to KAPO aircraft mentioned above, Il-62M from a Kazak airline called Deta Air. Used for cargo, but without a cargo door, so the boxes had to be loaded through the passenger doors.
Aircellist From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 1558 posts, RR: 9 Reply 10, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 7784 times:
Flew in Il-62 twice, june 1980, from LHR to WAW and then on to FCO on LOT.
Never had the ears pop so often in any other flight! It was right from the engine start, then constant through take-off and climb, with a little pause in cruise (except when there were any turbulences!), and during descent and landing... It was the first time I was so eager to land!
Photopilot From Canada, joined Jul 2002, 2542 posts, RR: 19 Reply 11, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 7670 times:
I flew one of Cubana's IL-62 on the HAV - YYZ route back in 2001 before they were taken off the Canadian route. Not a bad plane to fly, but my god, the inside looked like it had been painted with a roller. Now they're using A-320's leased from Groupo Taca on the Toronto route.
Pylon101 From Russia, joined Feb 2008, 1392 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 7440 times:
I flew this great plane on SU route SVO-IAD (via SNN) in the 90ies - until it was replaced by A310 in 1996.
Good times: smoking in the back, great 3 hot meals, usually half empty.
Underpowered, you are saying?
Yes - if loaded for a long route and full of pax and cargo.
But pretty lively if not pushed to the limits.
Noisy in the back - probably. In my opinion - not more than 727-200. But those engines visible....oh. And amazing wing.
Inside Russia I guess some still operate it on routes to the Far East.
At least they are still there at DME.
BasilFawlty From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 1290 posts, RR: 1 Reply 13, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 7101 times:
Quoting Pylon101 (Reply 12): Inside Russia I guess some still operate it on routes to the Far East.
At least they are still there at DME.
Not anymore, they're all stored. Last year you had Domodedovo Airlines, Interavia and Dalavia (and maybe even more) operating the IL-62 on passengers services, but they all suspended operations in October.
'Every year donkeys and mules kill more people than plane crashes'
VirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4537 posts, RR: 48 Reply 15, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 6956 times:
Airlinerlist.com is a good source for this sort of information. Their spreadsheet for the Il-62 (and -18, -86, -96, -114 and Li-2) can be found at http://www.planelist.net/il-62.zip
According to it, there are less than 100 still in service, but at least 3 unsold at Kazan. The Sudan Government one was built in 1993, so it seems it sat unsold for 10 years. I wonder how much they want for one of those?
Tonymctigue From Ireland, joined Feb 2006, 1916 posts, RR: 9 Reply 19, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 6556 times:
There was an airline that still flew the odd IL-62 flight through SNN there about two years ago and I just happened to be privileged enough to arrive at the viewing area one day just as there was on on approach. According to this website, it was operating as a charter for the Russian government.
SNN used to be a great airport to see these birds back in the good old days when SU had a base there. Beautiful aircraft and the noise!!! I live about fifteen miles from SNN but on the flight path for TA flights and they used to shake the window panes in the house.
Next Flights CX178 MEL-HKG; CX257 HKG-LHR; EI387 LHR-SNN
UK_Dispatcher From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2001, 2565 posts, RR: 31 Reply 20, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 6303 times:
Aria Air (Iran) and Cubana are the only realistic chances as far as I'm aware now. Last time I checked the CU schedules in Amadeus I could see some IL6 flights between CCS and HAV but all showed full, whereas all the T20 flights showed available. Maybe the IL6 flights are left in the system but not operating, unless anyone can clarify otherwise.
I flew one in 2007 and it was a great experience -an awesome machine.
Quoting Ammunition (Reply 18): I flew Uzbekistan Airways many times between TAS-DEL, i think they still have them in service but not sure if on the DEL route? Fantastic plane.
Definately not still operating them. I remember seeing those at MAN in the late 90s though
Pylon101 From Russia, joined Feb 2008, 1392 posts, RR: 0 Reply 22, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 6215 times:
Gosh, in a year we will be saying good-bye to IL-86.
That's quite dramatic for me.
I flew more than 150 times on the beast. LLLLOVE IT !
This year Egypt allowed them for last season - due to the crisis, I guess.