Afay1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1293 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (11 years 5 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1004 times:
It is pretty much a "normal" airline, in any aircraft configuration. It is true that you can upgrade for a very small price on some flights (from Moscow to Beijing they wanted $90 to upgrade to first), which is nice. Service can be surly, perhaps a bit more so than on some airlines, but not really more usual than on others. Most expats in Russia are more than happy to fly Aeroflot. Their safety record, some egregious examples aside, is perfectly respectable. However, (this doesn't apply to you), domestically, always make sure you are flying the real Aeroflot Russian International Airlines (ARIA), and not some small company that has simply not removed the Aeroflot titles from the plane or company logo. My friend just came in from LHR on Aeroflot and thought the service and seats were perfectly fine (in coach). Have fun and write a trip report!
Aviatsiya From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 5 months 2 days ago) and read 904 times:
Afay, I would have no problem in flying Transaero, Siberia Airlines, KrasAir, Orenburg Airlines, or other such domestic airlines. They all provide the same level of on board service. Also, Aeroflot was renamed to Aeroflot Russian Airlines over 12 months ago. No such thing as ARIA anymore
The biggest problem which Aeroflot will have to address in the future, is the lack of IFE on their aircraft. Personally, I could care less about such features, but other travellers decide which airline they will fly based solely upon what IFE is available.
Airsnaps, if there isn't much difference between Y, C, F class fare and you are happy to pay a bit extra, go with the F class.