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Aeroflot Retires Tu-154  
User currently offlineScipio From Belgium, joined Oct 2007, 840 posts, RR: 9
Posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 9771 times:

After almost 40 years of service.

Another step in the post-Soviet metamorphosis of Russian aviation.

The aircraft's fuel consumption seems to be the driving factor behind the retirement, as the airframes still have some life in them.


http://en.rian.ru/russia/20100114/157546407.html

The retirement has been brought forward relative to Aeroflot's plans as discussed here a year and a half ago:

December 2010. End Of Tu-154 In Aeroflot Fleet. (by SIBILLE Aug 22 2008 in Civil Aviation)

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User currently offlineAerdingus From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 2814 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 9646 times:

Thanks for the update.  Sad There goes another trijet I'll most likely never fly on...although maybe it is not the end of the road for the 154's.


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User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7688 posts, RR: 21
Reply 2, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 9581 times:
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Very sad. A truly beautiful aircraft.  frown 


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User currently onlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39693 posts, RR: 75
Reply 3, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 9463 times:

Sad to read of this.
Glad I had a chance to fly on their TU-154 in 2006 (Moscow-Istanbul).
What a phenomenal aircraft to fly on!
I love the sound of those Soloviev engines!



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User currently offlineKeesje From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 9410 times:



Quoting Superfly (Reply 3):
I love the sound of those Soloviev engines!

Indeed, love the howling sound during ground operations!


User currently offlineDreadnought From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 8788 posts, RR: 24
Reply 5, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 9372 times:



Quoting Superfly (Reply 3):
Glad I had a chance to fly on their TU-154 in 2006 (Moscow-Istanbul).
What a phenomenal aircraft to fly on!

I flew on them dozens of times in Russia in the early-mid 90s. Beautiful from the outside, but what a piece of junk on the inside. Rattled like a case of ball bearings. Every bump, in the air and on the ground resulted in an assault on your ears.

I know the plane is rugged as hell, and it is designed to have loose tolerances, but I got damned religious every time I boarded.  pray   pray   pray 



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User currently offlineAeroflot777 From Russia, joined Mar 2004, 3006 posts, RR: 27
Reply 6, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 9367 times:

Here is the official SU press release, although it's only available in Russian.

http://wwww.aeroflot.ru/templates/about/news_38947.html

Aeroflot777


User currently offlineSAA738 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2009, 261 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 9323 times:



Quoting Aeroflot777 (Reply 6):
Here is the official SU press release, although it's only available in Russian.

http://wwww.aeroflot.ru/templates/about/news_38947.html

Aeroflot777

And in English :

''January 14, 2010

Legendary Tu-154M Aeroflot flights completed

AEROFLOT decommissioned LEGENDARY LINER TU-154

January 14, 2010, Moscow. - Decommissioned Aeroflot Tu-154M. December 31, 2009 airliner made its final flight SU736 from Moscow to Ekaterinburg.

Almost 40 years of TU-154 Aeroflot carried passengers on domestic and international routes.
The Tu-154 went to Aeroflot at the end of 1970. In May 1971 he began to be used for transportation of mail from Moscow to Tbilisi, Sochi, Simferopol and Mineral Waters.

February 5, 1972 Minister of Civil Aviation BP Bugaev signed the order on the admission of Tu-154 aircraft to meet passenger traffic. His first regular flight Moscow - Mineral Vody Tupolev Tu-154 made on the day of the 49 th anniversary of "Aeroflot" - February 9, 1972. April 2, 1972 Tu-154 started to operate on international routes. On this day at the new plane was made a flight on the route Moscow - Berlin.

In the 80 years of Tu-154 aircraft of various modifications have become the most produced aircraft of Aeroflot. Tu-154 to fly on routes connecting virtually all major cities of the USSR. In the summer months, the aircraft was the main "carrier" of tourists and vacationers in the southern cities of the country. Tu-154 flew in more than 80 cities in Europe, Asia and Africa, has repeatedly demonstrated at various international exhibitions and showrooms aircraft.

Tu-154 - passenger airliner with a range - 5000 km and a capacity of 131 passengers. A swing-wing aircraft - 37,77 m, length-47, 90m, cruising speed-860km / h, maximum altitude-12100m.

AEROFLOT - the leader of air transport in Russia, a member of the global airline alliance SkyTeam. The combined route network consists of 856 points in 169 countries. It controls more than 42% of Russia's market of regular international traffic. In 2008, moved 9.3 million people, and together with its subsidiaries - 11.6 million
Aeroflot was the first Russian carrier entered into the IOSA register and constantly reiterates the certificate. The airline has successfully passed the audit of the safety of ground handling ISAGO. It has a single certificate of compliance with the requirements of ISO 9001:2000.
Aeroflot has one of the youngest aircraft parks in Europe, which totals 116 aircraft. Aeroflot is based in Moscow International Airport Sheremetyevo. Details on the site www.aeroflot.ru.

Department of Public Relations
and government ''



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User currently offlineSevernaya From Russia, joined Jan 2009, 1395 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 9289 times:

No real news as it was announced a few times before, though a small sad moment. However the TU-154 will still be operated by a dozen of airlines, operating almost 100 in total all over the country.

The real rare bird still flying around, the ILW will be phased out within 2 years from now completely. Next airline stopping to fly this bird will be Ural in may this year.



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User currently offlineScipio From Belgium, joined Oct 2007, 840 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 9215 times:



Quoting Severnaya (Reply 8):
The real rare bird still flying around, the ILW

Do you mean the Il-86/96?


User currently offlineA300 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 471 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 9109 times:
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I have flown the 154M many times and
love it. It feels like a tank. I am a little sad that SU's last flight was in my 40th birthday.



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User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6343 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 9090 times:

How many ex-Soviet types remain? IL96?


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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24817 posts, RR: 22
Reply 12, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 9025 times:

How many Tu-154s did SU operate over the years?

[Edited 2010-01-15 18:28:05]

User currently offlineSevernaya From Russia, joined Jan 2009, 1395 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 8765 times:



Quoting Scipio (Reply 9):
Do you mean the Il-86/96?

IL-86

Quoting KELPkid (Reply 11):
How many ex-Soviet types remain? IL96?

if you mean in SU's fleet, that would be correct.



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User currently offlineJU068 From Serbia, joined Aug 2009, 2579 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 8752 times:

Which were the last international routes of the 154? I know they have been flying them to Eastern Europe, Belgrade being one of them, but for about a year we have been receiving 319/320/321 and the IL-96 this summer...

Thanks


User currently offlinePeanuts From Netherlands, joined Dec 2009, 1438 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 8752 times:

Watching a Russian (Soviet, back then) jet taxi at AMS as a kid really got me excited. The sounds were so very exotic to me, as compared to other jets. As a kid, that screeching high pitch sound seemed very "intimidating" yet intriguing.
So what component(s) made these engines sound so much different from other engines?



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User currently offlineCandid76 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 733 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 8698 times:

It's never nice to read about the demise of my favourite aircraft type, and it certainly didn't seem right at all seeing so many 737s in service with Russian airlines when I went to Moscow in August (and many of them rubbish cast off classics like the Yamal -500s). However it should be recognised that the vast majority of the Aeroflot 154Ms (the RA-856xx series) are pretty old, 20-22 years old, they only had a handful of newer ones. Scrapyards are full of 737s and A320s of that vintage, so its fair to say these 154s have served their time.

Ural have been flying 154Bs up to their 30th birthday before retiring them - a true testament to this wonderful aircraft. Also look how many 134s are still in service, built in the 1970s!


User currently offlineSevernaya From Russia, joined Jan 2009, 1395 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 8589 times:



Quoting Candid76 (Reply 16):
Ural have been flying 154Bs up to their 30th birthday before retiring them - a true testament to this wonderful aircraft.

Yep and they are still flying at least one (RA-85508), 29 years old if i'm not mistaken.

Quoting Candid76 (Reply 16):
Also look how many 134s are still in service, built in the 1970s!

UTair is flying some birds which are at least 35 years old.



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User currently offlineDelawareUSA From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 107 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 8243 times:

Interesting aircraft, but in recent years Aeroflot has not been keeping them up, at least on the inside. Flew Moscow Hamburg, and no bathrooms worked, kiev-moscow many seats would not stay in the upright position.

interesting flight thought, climb out is very slow, just like the 707s and DC-8 used to be.


User currently offlineAirevents From Germany, joined Jan 2002, 873 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 7365 times:



Quoting DelawareUSA (Reply 18):
kiev-moscow many seats would not stay in the upright position

That is normal for Tupolev seats - they can be put/laid down.



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User currently offlineXxmhxlhx5lxx From Germany, joined Mar 2007, 51 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 7108 times:



Quoting SAA738 (Reply 7):

In May 1971 he began to be used for transportation of mail from Moscow to Tbilisi, Sochi, Simferopol and Mineral Waters.

Haha.. gotta love the online translators...
Remember my last flight on a B727 .. from Sugar to The Peace, Bolivia

okay.. back to topic:

Sad to see them leave the SU fleet. I hope they'll stick around with other carriers for some more time! Another TRI-hauler to slowly disappear from the skies :-/



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User currently offlineBA84 From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 418 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 5789 times:
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I flew on the Tu-154 from Tampere to Moscow.
Biggest kick of thrust I've ever felt. Loved it!

BA84


User currently offlineSovietjet From Bulgaria, joined Mar 2003, 2577 posts, RR: 17
Reply 22, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 5156 times:
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Ural has more than one B-model left in service. Quite amazing if you ask me and I personally love the sounds of the B-model even more than the M-model. There's some other B-models left as well with other smaller airlines. I'm glad I got to fly a Aeroflot 154 once from Sofia-Moscow.

User currently offlineSevernaya From Russia, joined Jan 2009, 1395 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 5083 times:



Quoting Sovietjet (Reply 22):
Ural has more than one B-model left in service.

Really? I thought they only have one (RA- 85508) flying left, the others are either stored or broken up.



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User currently offlineSovietjet From Bulgaria, joined Mar 2003, 2577 posts, RR: 17
Reply 24, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 4589 times:
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Quoting Severnaya (Reply 23):
Really? I thought they only have one (RA- 85508) flying left, the others are either stored or broken up.

85374, 85375 and 85432 should still be going as far as I know although it's possible the first two may have been retired already or real close to it.


25 American 767 : Yes, I remember seeing an Aeroflot TU-154 in IST back then, taxiing out to the departure runway on its way to SVO. I was in IST in May of 2006. Sad t
26 Superfly : We missed each other by 1 month. I was there in June. Why? What's going on with the IL-96? I do remember taxiing at SVO and yes there were lots and l
27 American 767 : It's a rare type, only 20 of them if not less were built in passenger version, and I don't know if SU will keep them a lot longer. You'd have to go t
28 Q120 : You sir ... are a funny man, and I bet you I would do the same if I were on any communist era Russian aircraft. They are solid no doubt about that, I
29 Superfly : That part I am aware of. I flew theie IL-96 Bangkok - Moscow. I read as recently as 1 year ago that Aeroflot was ordering more IL-96 aircraft. That i
30 Brons2 : What is it about Turkey? When I visited AYT in 2005 it was TU-154 central! Not to mention IL-86s left and right. Quite a sight for someone from the U
31 BestWestern : AYT is moscow on the med for July and August of each year, so you can expect to continue seeing russian birds, alongside classic 737s here for many y
32 BOACCunard : Those orders were made a long time ago for political reasons. If SU ever had any intention of taking delivery of those aircraft, I am sure it was gon
33 TheCol : I've seen a few at TLV.
34 JU068 : Yeah that is probable, since I don't think they were flying into the EU much?
35 Post contains links Yodobashi : A great shame, I remember seeing those birds at LHR all the time. Gotta love those engines .... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wljRdyAqlrA http://www.
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