ZKNCL From New Zealand, joined Oct 2010, 336 posts, RR: 0 Posted (4 years 10 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2520 times:
When Aeroflot was split up into more then 300 airlines in 1992 after the Soviet Union what was their fleet? How big was it? According to some people it was over 1,000 or something like that. Was that true?
PlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 12166 posts, RR: 56
Reply 2, posted (4 years 10 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2232 times:
One thing which isn't often realised is just how many air services there were in the USSR prior to its collapse. I was reading something about Chisinau airport a while ago, and back then they alone had direct air services to over 70 Russian cities, in general this is a good indication of how passenger air services quickly shrank across the Union's capitals and large cities. A lot of the airports are still abandoned, there are some great and eery pictures on Picassa/Google Earth. Even on low frequencies this required an awful lot of aircraft, essentially every civilian aircraft in Russia was considered to be part of Aeroflot, although I'm not sure if it's possible to ever put a definite number on that.
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pylon101 From Russia, joined Feb 2008, 1636 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (4 years 10 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2098 times:
I appears odd these days - but for us it felt like one airline - wherever you were.
Probably same uniform, same procedures.
And what's important - welcome words were everywhere the same:
"Good morning (day, evening), dear passangers! The captain of the aircraft and the crew on behalf of Aeroflot is greeting you on board of (type of aircraft) performing the flight (number) on route ____ - _____. Distance of the trip is ______.
Time of the trip is _______. The flight is performed by ________ devision of the Civil aviation. The captain of the aircarft is (the name of the captain)."
Anyway. The max. annual number of pax - for the whole 280 mln. country - reached 120 mln. in 1989.
These days Russian airlines provide slightly under 50 mln. in the country with population of 140 mln+.
So the market is here. And growth is rather stable.
rutankrd From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 3402 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (4 years 10 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2084 times:
It was NEVER a unified airline per say but more of an overriding transport authority like the FAA/CAA to some extent.
Regional directorates had there own allocations of aircraft from AN2, crop sprayers helicopters through to TU and IL aircraft for trunk routes run by local planing boards.
Aeroflot International operations were based out of Moscow and a very few flights from Leningrad to select European cities and Irkutsh into the client states of Mongolia, North Korea North Vietnam and depending on diplomatic temperature China.
They had there own aircraft allocation and worked with close oversight of the Soviet security forces.
Also many hundreds of aircraft were in fact operated specifically for the various military forces a practice that continues to this day.