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Moscow SVO Terminal D Now Open! Aeroflot: New Home  
User currently offlineAeroflot777 From Russia, joined Mar 2004, 3007 posts, RR: 27
Posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 17174 times:

Well today, November 15th is the opening day of Moscow's newest terminal, SVO Terminal D. It serves as the new home for Aeroflot, as well as most of their partner airlines. Flights will be shifted over to the new terminal in increments starting today and finishing in February of 2010. The schedule of the flight shifts can be found here:

http://www.aeroflot.ru/eng/about.aspx?ob_no=549&d_no=35020

Also, Sheremetyevo will be changing from a numerical system to an alphabetical system regarding terminal names. Around the end of December, current Terminal 2 will become Terminal F and Terminal E is already under construction between D and the future F (current 2). Once E is completed, SVO will probably share a common "sterile" zone amongst all the terminals. Current Terminal 2 is receiving a major face-lift and will continue to house 33% of Aeroflot's international flights.

The terminal is unlike any other in Russia, and offers customers a degree of comfort and efficiency that is completely new to SVO.



I'm sure more pictures will come around the internet today, as the first few flights depart from the new terminal.

[Edited 2009-11-14 21:11:12]

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User currently offline777gk From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1641 posts, RR: 18
Reply 1, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 17111 times:

Looks like a quantum leap in the right direction!

User currently offlineCrosswinds21 From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 698 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 17042 times:

It's about time. I know plenty of people who fly to places where SU would be convenient but avoid it because of the dreaded transfer at SVO. Additionally, when people why into Russia (from places like NYC), they also avoid SU because the transfer and changing of terminals at SVO is ridiculous. Instead, they opt for airlines like AY or LH which offer better connections and nonstop flights from their respective hubs into many Russian cities.

Question: I believe this new terminal is only for international flights, right? If so, can we except to see something sometime soon that will make connections from international flights to domestic flights easier anytime soon?

Edit: I looked at the link in the OP and saw that domestic flights will apparently also be moved to the new terminal. I guess that answers my question above.

[Edited 2009-11-14 22:32:58 by crosswinds21]

User currently offlineAeroflot777 From Russia, joined Mar 2004, 3007 posts, RR: 27
Reply 3, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 17006 times:



Quoting Crosswinds21 (Reply 2):
Question: I believe this new terminal is only for international flights, right? If so, can we except to see something sometime soon that will make connections from international flights to domestic flights easier anytime soon?



Quoting Crosswinds21 (Reply 2):
Edit: I looked at the link in the OP and saw that domestic flights will apparently also be moved to the new terminal. I guess that answers my question above.

Actually all SU flights will be moved to D. The only exception being a few international flights that will stay in F. Meaning, domestic and international flights will be mixed in the terminal. Partner airlines will also make their way into D.

Aeroflot777

P.S. According to SU's website, the first flight from the terminal has just been dispatched and is taxiing out.


User currently offlineAeroflot777 From Russia, joined Mar 2004, 3007 posts, RR: 27
Reply 4, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 16993 times:

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User currently offlineAGRflyer From Switzerland, joined Nov 2005, 165 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 16954 times:
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wow, it looks really impressive. It is a pitty that I leave Moscow today through DME airport and not through SVO......


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User currently offlineMOW From Israel, joined Dec 2005, 192 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 16911 times:

Congratulations to Aeroflot! The new terminal looks clean and airy.
I am really relieved that I will no longer have to use the dreadful SVO-1 terminal when flying home!


User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19559 posts, RR: 58
Reply 7, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 16859 times:



Quoting MOW (Reply 6):
I am really relieved that I will no longer have to use the dreadful SVO-1 terminal when flying home!

Why is this terminal so dreadful?

I believe you, but how can it be that bad?


User currently offlineAeroflot777 From Russia, joined Mar 2004, 3007 posts, RR: 27
Reply 8, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 16849 times:



Quoting DocLightning (Reply 7):
I believe you, but how can it be that bad?

Old, cramped, outdated, disorganized, disgruntled employees, inefficient. So forth, it's really a disaster. But SVO-1 is the domestic terminal on the opposite side of SVO-D, SVO-E, and SVO-F.


User currently offlineMOW From Israel, joined Dec 2005, 192 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 16803 times:



Quoting DocLightning (Reply 7):
Why is this terminal so dreadful?

I believe you, but how can it be that bad?

Have you ever been there? Cramped, claustrophobic, long queues first to security and then to check-in (yes, in this sequence). Because of the queues to security checkpoints you have to arrive at the airport very early - it's hard to predict when you'd be able to show up at the check-in counter.

Second floor waiting area is very smelly - it feels like everyone around is smoking. It's even worse in toilets - the tobacco smoke is so thick that you can barely breathe.

Since SVO-1 doesn't have air bridges, the boarding procedure is pretty dreadful, too. At a gate, you'd line up for the boarding pass mutilation ritual, then you'd descend into a dark, cold cage and wait until you are allowed to board the bus. It's again very smelly with tobacco - people smoke regardless the 'no smoking' sign and periodic yells from handling staff.

And only after you climb the stairs and get inside your SU plane you understand that air travel can still be civilized, modern and exciting.

SVO-1 is really a blast from the past - an airport experience the way it used to be when I was a kid. Luckily, it is finally going to die!


User currently offlineJoost From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 3167 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 16748 times:



Quoting MOW (Reply 9):
Have you ever been there? Cramped, claustrophobic, long queues first to security and then to check-in (yes, in this sequence).

I noticed the same sequence at LED. Is this the typical procedure at Russian airports? Will there be the same sequence at SVO-D?

The new terminal looks great!


User currently offlineHjulicher From Liechtenstein, joined Feb 2005, 872 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 16619 times:

Yay! I'm flying to Moscow for Christmas and I think i'm going to fly through AMS so that I can use the new terminal!

I'm excited for the first trip report. It's about time this happened.



LH 442
User currently offlineMOW From Israel, joined Dec 2005, 192 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 16606 times:



Quoting Hjulicher (Reply 11):
i'm going to fly through AMS

Just be sure that you are flying with SU on AMS-SVO leg, KL is not moving to terminal D any time soon.


User currently offlineBestWestern From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2000, 7122 posts, RR: 57
Reply 13, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 16608 times:

Three photos from flickr.com

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/103/4086191187_942606ea9e_o.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2492/4087072542_02c52b8dbc_o.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2528/4086949194_7573892e85_o.jpg



The world is really getting smaller these days
User currently offlineGoldorak From France, joined Sep 2006, 1841 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 16584 times:



Quoting MOW (Reply 12):
Just be sure that you are flying with SU on AMS-SVO leg, KL is not moving to terminal D any time soon.

The link provided in the thread starter (SU web site) indicates that KL is moving on dec 9


User currently offlineMOW From Israel, joined Dec 2005, 192 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 16498 times:



Quoting Goldorak (Reply 14):
The link provided in the thread starter (SU web site) indicates that KL is moving on dec 9

klm.com doesn't prove the same.

Amadeus flight information shows that SU flights to AMS indeed depart from terminal D starting 09 DEC, while KL flights are staying where they are now - SVO-2.


User currently offlineVasu From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 3886 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 16360 times:

Looks really nice - surely helping SVO compete against DME!

User currently offlineKL911 From Czech Republic, joined Jul 2003, 5131 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 16316 times:



Quoting Vasu (Reply 16):
Looks really nice - surely helping SVO compete against DME!

Which one is the closest to the city by distance and by traveltime? Are both having good ground transportation?


User currently offlineHjulicher From Liechtenstein, joined Feb 2005, 872 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 16285 times:

SVO is technically closer and easier to drive to, but traffic really play a huge role and it can take 3 hours to get to either airport from the city center by car.

SVO and DME have what's called AeroExpress. It's run by Russian Railways (RZD) and they're upgraded suburban trains.

From SVO, the train takes about 25 minutes to get to Belorusskiy Vokzal (Station) and from there, one can connect to the ring metro line, or the green metro line that runs straight along Tverskaya Street.

From DME, the train is about 50 minutes also on an upgraded suburban train (although not as nice as the trains to SVO). Trains run about every half hour. The train from Domodedovo goes to Paveletskaya Train Station, which also connects to the ring metro line and the green line which goes north towards the Kremlin.

Ironically, both train stations are on the Zamoskvoretskaya Line (Green Line).

VKO is actually the closest airport to the city center.



LH 442
User currently offlineA388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 9779 posts, RR: 11
Reply 19, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 15569 times:

Wow, that looks very nice, spacy, modern, stylish and cozy as others have already said!!! Congratulations to SVO!!! I love airport terminal photos!!! Big grin

A388


User currently offlineWROORD From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 951 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 15500 times:

Well behind the schedule, but finally something worth calling a terminal....

User currently offlineAddd From United States of America, joined May 2007, 397 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 15318 times:

Looks great indeed. What I find peculiar is that it looks somehow more like a modern North American terminal than a European one... was it designed by American architects?

User currently offlineSurfandSnow From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 2864 posts, RR: 30
Reply 22, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 15021 times:



Quoting Addd (Reply 21):
it looks somehow more like a modern North American terminal than a European one

What exactly constitutes the discernable differences between a modern North American terminal and a similar European counterpart??



Flying in the middle seat of coach is much better than not flying at all!
User currently offlineLACA773 From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 4008 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 15010 times:
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Quoting MOW (Reply 9):
Since SVO-1 doesn't have air bridges, the boarding procedure is pretty dreadful, too. At a gate, you'd line up for the boarding pass mutilation ritual, then you'd descend into a dark, cold cage and wait until you are allowed to board the bus. It's again very smelly with tobacco - people smoke regardless the 'no smoking' sign and periodic yells from handling staff.

Congratulations to SU & SVO as well as to SkyTeam Alliance! This should prove to be a much nicer experience for everyone.

How many gates will have jetways vs. remote parking? I still can't imagine having to board a bus in the dead of winter to reach an a/c.


User currently offlineGecmd11 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 111 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 14934 times:

Nice, huge improvement over the old SVO-2.

I remember my first arrival into SVO, it was so dark in the customs hall, half the lights were burned out or something.....

Congrats to SVO and SU !!


25 Addd : Hard to say (I am not am architect or a designer) - a different design style, I suppose; just like you can generally tell European style in clothes o
26 Post contains images Aeroflot777 : Some more photos! Credited to aviaforum.ru member Chilee: [imghttp://aviaforum.ru/attachment.php?attachmentid=145241&thumb=1&d=1258318881[/img] Aerofl
27 Goldorak : What about the biz lounge ? I suppose there is a global SU-Skyteam lounge ?
28 Post contains links MOW : http://www.vedomosti.ru/tech/video/36_536 This is a video taken from today's online issue of Vedomosti business daily (in Russian). As per interview w
29 KL911 : Thanks for the detailed answer! Looks like I will use VKO since frome my town BRQ there are only flights to VKO.
30 Post contains links Addd : In the meantime, not all appears to be roses in the new terminal - Aeroflot has just published a new, much more gradual schedule for transition of fli
31 UN_B732 : Can't wait to check this terminal out..[Edited 2009-11-30 14:09:52]
32 Jfk787nyc : Did Delta move to this terminal?
33 Addd : It will in February (according to the latest schedule)
34 AirGabon : And AF flights? Apparently on Monday 08.02.10 only SU flights to CDG and NCE move to Terminal D. And no information of AF remaining at Terminal F
35 Post contains links MOW : http://www.airfrance.com/RU/en/local...c_HRcxGuPM-s&BV_EngineID=140ufobr6 MOW
36 777way : The flooring looks terrible.
37 LY7E7 : What a great difference from the dungeon-like interiors of SVO-2! I only hope these nice views and great architecture will not be spoiled by the typic
38 Severnaya : When will FV move terminals, if at all?
39 JHCRJ700 : Fantastic. Looks great. Definitely a step forward.
40 Thenoflyzone : Why didn't SU build a big enough terminal to house ALL of its operations? I find this new terminal building too small to house SU and all its partner
41 Hjulicher : Russian bureaucracy
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