CodyKDiamond From Canada, joined Nov 2006, 537 posts, RR: 2 Posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3238 times:
I was wondering what is the current status of SU's TU5 fleet. I was looking at flights between LED-DME, LED-VKO, LED-SVO, and could not find any more flying the routes between the two cities. I know SU was planning on retiring them next year and I have a few questions. If someone could please share what they know I would most appreciate it.
-What routes are SU's (SU proper) TU5 fleet currently flying and where will they be flying in December?
-What routes are Aeroflot's contract companies (e.g. Aeroflot Nord, Don, etc.) still flying the TU3 on and where will they fly in December?
-Which aircraft performed the last 154 flight for Rossiya on 01 NOV (route/reg./number)?
Scbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 14063 posts, RR: 45
Reply 2, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3097 times:
I had a ramp-tour at SVO in August and there were a lot of SU Tu-154s parked up and not looking as though they were going anywhere soon. Sadly, I think the Tu-154's time is just about up at SU.
In general, the old Soviet-era types are flown by fewer and fewer airlines in Russia. It was very noticeable how many "Western types" are now flying in Russia. When I visited VKO in 2005, we didn't see a single Western airliner. This year I would estimate fully 30-40% of the flights at VKO were Western types (mainly A320/737s but also ATRs). If I wait another 4 years to go back, I suspect they'll be very few Tupolevs and Antonovs flying. As a fan of the Soviet-era planes, I find it quite sad.
The saddest sight for me on this year's trip, was seeing dozens of Il-62s just dumped on the grass at DME as well as other airports.