RayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8034 posts, RR: 5 Posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2643 times:
I have a question in regards to the Tupolev Tu-114 when it was in Aeroflot (SU) international service.
What was the longest non-stop route flown by this plane? Did SU fly the Tu-114 between SVO and HAV non-stop in both directions? When SU flew to what was then TYO from SVO on a joint service with JL in the 1960's, was it done non-stop in both directions?
The development of the high-speed Tupolev 114 made it possible for Aeroflot to fly non-stop from Moscow to Tokyo and North America. Being able to fly more than 12 hours without landing, the TU-114 also served the Moscow-Conakry-Havana route with great success. With a length of 54 metres it remained the world's biggest aircraft until the construction of the Boeing 747.
The TU-114 entered Aeroflot services in 1963. In the 1960's its range of 8,950 km was truly impressive.
Ben From Switzerland, joined Aug 1999, 1391 posts, RR: 50
Reply 2, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2569 times:
That is one of the best Aeroflot websites I have seen!
I'm surprised that it's mostly in English and not Norwegian... and that they claim the Tromso-Murmansk route is operated by them, when it's definitely not (well.. its done under SU codes... so maybe they have a point).
Timz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6902 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2510 times:
As it happened, Aeroflot started their Havana flight (1963?) while some sort of overflight-rights dispute was going on; initially, at least, they were not allowed to overfly Scandanavia (or anywhere else?). So reportedly they flew from Moscow to Murmansk or Archangel and flew nonstop to Havana from there. The Conakry stop came later. In 1968 they flew to Havana via Montreal-- I would've liked to have been in New York to hear it cruising overhead.
Rjnut From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1247 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2495 times:
Of all aircraft I wish I could have flown on , it would be this mammoth TU114 with its contra-rotating props...what a total rush it would have been!!..I was born too late and of the wrong nationality..(glad to be american , but that would have really hurt my chances of flying that machine at the peak of the '50-'60s Cold War)
RayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8034 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2446 times:
I think by the time SU flew the Moscow to Havana route via Montreal, I think they had switched to the Il-62 by that time. As I remember it, the Il-62 started service in 1967 in time for Expo '67 in Moscow-Montreal flights.
I do know that the Tu-114 flew the SVO-TYO route in the 1960's, as evidenced by a couple of pictures from the Airliners.net datable of the plane taken at TYO where the logo of JL was painted on the lower front fuselage in addition to the full Aeroflot livery. This must have been the Moscow-Tokyo flight run jointly by SU and JL.