Ilyushin96M From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2609 posts, RR: 13 Reply 2, posted (14 years 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 925 times:
The only Russian-built airliner to have an on-board entertainment system (only in the form of a movie projector and screen, no TVs) is the Ilyushin IL96-300. This is a recent installation. Before, there was no on-board entertainment.
The IL96-300 has what Aeroflot calls "amphitheatre," which unfortunately is like being in a movie - the sound from the film is not piped through headsets, but rather blasted throughout the cabin. I have heard there are plans to fit long-range Aeroflot jetliners with movie projectors and screens, but I don't know how many have had the modifications.
New generation Russian jetliners - the IL96M and TU204 - will be equipped with Western-style on-board entertainment systems when their cabin fittings are installed. These will likely include TV screens, 10-20 channel music systems, etc. Of course, Aeroflot's Western-built aircraft have the modern and up-to-date in-flight entertainment, but it is not always operational. For example, in the Boeing 767-300ER I flew aboard to Moscow this summer, the in-flight entertainment system was broken.
Gagarin From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (14 years 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 914 times:
This year I had a seat in the last row center aisle in B767-200ER; I had such a good view of onboard entertainment sistem contol panel (located in the last left isle overhead bin) and what the attendant has done with it, that I think I could operate it myself.
It's just one hugde stereo, with VCR-like component, and radio/player that feeds the music in several channels. I can't imagine what can be broken in it.
Unless the plane has other electrical problems, or some element of hi-fi system is not running (covered by warranty, which Aeroflot's 767 should still have, right?) I can't imagine what else could be the problem.
I know, I know... this is new Aeroflot... but perhaps ground logistics crew on Shermetovo still has some details yet to learn to care about.
I bet someone just forgot to bring the tapes on the plane.
Ilyushin96M From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2609 posts, RR: 13 Reply 4, posted (14 years 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 910 times:
Hey - I have the very strong feeling you must be Russian. I am fluent in Russian and lived over in St. Petersburg from 1992 to 1996. Awesome experience it was!
Aeroflot's 767-300ER which I flew on this summer (ORD-SVO) had the stereo headphone system broken. So when the cabin attendants played the safety demonstration video, it worked fine, but the sound flooded the entire cabin (it was played over the P/A system). I don't think they would put in a two-hour movie and have the sound playing over the P/A.
Aeroflot's two 767-300ERs are currently the workhorses of the long-range international fleet. They use the planes on most of their routes between Moscow and U.S. cities - for example, LAX-SVO, SFO-LED-SVO, JFK-LED-SVO and ORD-SVO. So they are constantly in use. I suppose Aeroflot is reluctant to repair the in-flight entertainment systems because they would have to take the planes out of service to do so.
Gagarin From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (14 years 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 909 times:
Nope, I am not Russian, but I do understand their language (well, most of it). I've been using this nick on many discussions for years, as you guess out of admiration for this great person, and pilot as well. ANd yes, I am of eastern european origin, so you were close .
Back to the topic, I admire your input on new Aeroflot (after reading some of your comments I checked their site, which is indeed great); I would like to fly them, and yes I'd rather be on IL96M than again on 767. I've seen on several occasions Aeroflot's 767 on ORD, but I'd rather try flying some other aircraft in their fleet.
Thanks for the explenation about the broken system; I get it, and I see how it can happen. To bad, a lot of airlines don't have the luxory of spare planes, and little details that could make the flight a bit more pleasent suffer.
On the other note, in one of recent Airways' articles about ATC at JFK, the guy complained about Aeroflots pilots who on daily bases try to jump the que for take-off: "It will happen again tomorow" he said, after warning the crew over radio that they can not do it in US.
Ilyushin96M From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2609 posts, RR: 13 Reply 6, posted (14 years 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 904 times:
Yurochka, we're WAAY off the topic here...but it's funny, I think the Russian pilots jumping the queue would be typical of a Russian in any line...trying to get ahead of everyone else, just for the sake of being first. I saw it in the queues in the stores for bread and sausage, so it just makes me smirk to know they do the same thing in take-off queues for flights.
As for the IL96M, the passenger version won't be in service with Aeroflot for another year or so. They currently are operating one cargo version, which was used in the certification program. Aeroflot has 17 IL96Ms and 2 more IL96Ts on order. I think once the new aircraft are introduced, we'll see them on some of the long-range routes currently flown using Western aircraft. As of now, Aeroflot no longer services routes to the U.S. with Russian-made aircraft, except for the SFO-TCA-VLD route (Vladivostok's airport cannot accommodate a widebody jetliner).