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Topic: Uzbekistan Airways, 5flts Incl TU154, IL114, AN24!
Username: AOMlover
Posted 2009-07-28 09:06:02 and read 32767 times.

Assalam aleikoum,

This trip report will cover 5 domestic flights I took in Uzbekistan at the beginning of the summer. Uzbekistan Airways is quite an exotic airline: their passenger fleet is comprised of a mix of Western and USSR-made aicraft, including Boeing 757s and 767s, Airbus A310s, Avro RJ85s, Antonov 24s, Tupolev 154s, Yakovlev 40, and Ilyushin 114.

Here's my itinerary:
Tashkent - Samarkand, Airbus A310
Termiz - Tashkent, IL114
Tashkent - Nukus, Tu154
Urgench - Boukhara, Avro RJ85
Boukhara - Tashkent, An24

I booked my tickets from France, which was much more complicated than I expected. Although HY domestic flights show up on websites such as expedia.fr or thomascook.fr, they cannot be booked online. You have to deal with an accreditted Uzbekistan Airways travel agency.

The main purpose of my trip to Uzbekistan was to discover the wonferful cities of Samarkand, Khiva and Bukhara. In 2 weeks, I also has time to go "off the beaten path" and take a trip to the South of the country, to Shakhrisabz, Boysun and Termez. I also visited Moynaq, a desolated city which used to be a prosperous harbour on the Aral seashores, and Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan. The other purpose was to fly on Russian jets, which are getting harder and harder to find nowadays.

I'll let the pics speak for themselves as I'm too lazy to write too many comments. I apologize in advance for the bad quality of the pictures, but Uzbekistan Airways has a "no photo" policy, and it's also forbidden to take pictures in Uzbek airports.

Flight 1
28th June 2009
Route: Tashkent (TAS) - Samarkand (SKD).
Flight number: HY1317
Aircraft type: A310-300 named "Fergana"
Registration: UK-31002
Scheduled departure time: 6:40am
Scheduled arrival time: 7:30am

My Aeroflot flight from Moscow had landed in Tashkent the same morning at 3:25am. It took me 1h30 to go through the immigration and customs procedures. There are 2 terminals at Tashkent airport: a modern and clean one for international flights, and a shabby soviet-looking one for domestic flights.

I tried to find the check-in counter for my flight, but the electronic board which was supposed to display flight destinations was broken. In went to the only counter behind which a man was standing, and I received my boarding pass. Even though a seat number is printed on the card, Uzbekistan Airways has a "free seating" policy on domestic flights.

I waited a while in the boarding lounge. Boarding was completed in no time as the load on this flight was very light. Tashkent to Samarkand is not a long distance, and most people prefer to take the bus or a shared taxi between those two cities. The reason why they operate such a big aircraft once weekly on this route is simple: it is in fact a positionning flight, as the A310 is then supposed to fly from Samarkand to Moscow.

I was welcomed on board by a Russian-looking flight attendant. The was no smile to be seen on this flight... HY's A310 are in a tri-class configuration, but the difference between F and J seats looked marginal. Most of the F seats were occupied by HY pilots reading manuals, while some HY flight attendants in full uniform were sleeping in the J seats. I took a window seat, and soon after a f/a came with a tray of drinks (sparkling water, Coke or orange juice). It's the first time I was offered drinks while we were still on the ground. I know it happens in F and J classes, but I always fly in coach. I took an orange juice, my glass was promptly collected, the doors closed, and off we went.

TV sets were lowered for the safety demo, but for some reason the crew didn't turn them on. There was no manual safety demo, only an audio recording.

There was no drink service inflight, as we got it on the ground. No snack was served either.

The flight was quite short, and we landed in Samarkand a few minutes ahead of schedule.

The domestic terminal at Tashkent Airport
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Good luck ??? what a nice slogan for an airline !!!
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The coolest airport bus ever
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A blanket for the passengers who will board in Samarkand


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Before take-off drink
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Flight 2
5th July 2009
Route: Termiz (TMZ) - Tashkent (SKD).
Flight number: HY1152
Aircraft type: IL114-100
Registration: UK-91106
Scheduled departure time: 12:05
Scheduled arrival time: 13:50

First time on an IL114, first time on a Russian jet !

I expected to fly on a YAK40, but eventually an IL114 showed up at the gate. I was a bit disappointed, but as long as I was going to fly on a Russian jet, it was fine.

Termiz is Uzbekistan's southernmost city, located right at the border with Afghanistan. HY received its first IL114 in 2003. According to what's written in the inflight magazine, those birds were made in Uzbekistan under licence from Ilyushin. Even though it's a recent plane, the cabin was already quite worn-out. The quality of the cabin fittings is definitely not the same as that of Western airliners.

The safety demonstration was performed in Ozbek and English. Most of the seats were occupied this time, and after the door was closed we made our way to the active runway. The IL114 is very noisy from inside, but I didn't care as I was extremly excited to fly on something that felt so different than a Dash 8 or an ATR.

A few minutes after we reached our cruise level, we were offered a choice of drink (sparkling water, Coke or orange juice). Once again, it seemed the crew was never taught how to smile.

Termiz Airport terminal
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Walking a long way to our plane
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Poor quality of the cabin fittings
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Lots of small surprises in the window
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This is the plane I would take to Nukus a few hours later
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Flight 3
5th July 2009
Route: Tashkent (TAS) - Nukus (NCU).
Flight number: HY1007
Aircraft type: TU-154B
Registration: UK-85578
Scheduled departure time: 17:30
Scheduled arrival time: 19:05

First time on a Tu-154 !

It's impossible to transfer directly from one domestic flight to another, so I had to gather my checked luggage from my flight from Termiz, and check it in again for my flight to Nukus. I spent a few hours waiting at a cyber-coffee near the domestic terminal. After getting in the boarding lounge, I tried to take a few pics of the tarmac but a policeman came and made me delete the pictures.

That flight was full, and boarding was a real mess. There are no jetways at the domestic terminal, so passengers are always bussed to their plane. When we arrived at the bottom of the stairs, first class passengers were called first, which means coach passengers at to wait for 10mn under the burning Uzbek sun. At least, it was for me an opportunity to admire the trijet I was about to fly in. The aircraft looked really worn-out. The paint was peeling-off, and it looked like it had been painted over 3 other layers of paint. To be honnest, I'm never afraid when I get on a plane, but the state of that one was not reassuring. The cabin looked really, really old. It was like going back in time. I was in heaven, it brought back the excitement of flying after all those flights on clean-looking but boring A320s and B737NGs.

Anyway, I finally took a window seat and waited for the boarding process to be completed. Once again, most flight attendants looked Russian, and none of them ever smiled. There was absolutely no announcement in English on that one. Not a single one. The safety demonstration was performed in Ozbek and, maybe, Russian. But no English.

This flight in a Tu-154 was one of the highlights of my trip. I love the distinctive shape of this beast. It's so noisy, it feels so powerful. Halfway through the flight, we were offered a choice of...guess what...sparkling water, Coke or orange juice.

We landed in Nukus on time after having flown over the Kyzyl Kum desert.


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Some views of the apron
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Waiting for boarding
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Overflying the Kyzyl Kum desert


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The distinctive shadow of the TU154
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This is a particularity of Russian jets: the seatback can recline forward
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Flight 4
9th July 2009
Route: Urgench (UGC) - Bukhara (BHK).
Flight number: HY1058
Aircraft type: Avro RJ85
Registration: UK-80003
Scheduled departure time: 20:40
Scheduled arrival time: 21:40

Urgench is a city near Khiva. The cabin of the Avro was immaculate. It looks like the Western aircraft in the HY fleet are better-maintained than the Russian ones. For the first time, an Uzbekistan Airways f/a smiled at me ! There's nothing much to tell about that uneventful flight. We got the usual midflight drink service with sparkling water, orange juice or Coke. Only a few passengers, including me, disembarked in Bukhara as the flight was continuing to Tashkent.

Walking towards the Avro
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Disembarking in Bukhara
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Flight 5
13th July 2009
Route: Bukhara (BHK) - Tashkent (TAS).
Flight number: HY1322
Aircraft type: An-24
Registration: UK-46658
Scheduled departure time: 9:55am
Scheduled arrival time: 11:25am

An-24, oh joy ! It's hard to know the age of that plane, but I guess it was made in the 60s or 70s. The cabin looked quite old, and made for a unique experience. It was boiling hot inside: there are no air vents, and most passengers were using their safety cards as a fan. The 2 f/as on board were more friendly that most of the other HY f/as I had seen on my previous trips. The flight was uneventful, and we got the usual drink round.

Boarding lounge in Bukhara
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My ride for today !
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Hand-written boarding pass
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A lucky stowaway
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Approaching TAS


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CONCLUSION

I expected my flights with HY to be "exotic", and I was not disappointed. I'm in love with Russian jets now, I wish to go back to Central Asia soon in order to fly on them again before it's too late. It seems that HY is in the process of joining Skyteam...I don't see that happening soon, unless they revamp their domestic operations. It's unacceptable not to have announcements in English on a safety standpoint. And they should hire f/as who are more friendly.

Anyways, I spent an amazing 2 weeks in Uzbekistan, and I encourage anyone to go there !

Topic: RE: Uzbekistan Airways, 5flts Incl TU154, IL114, AN24!
Username: Tonyban
Posted 2009-07-28 10:34:14 and read 32767 times.

Nice trip report and nice pictures.
I flew Uzbek back in 2004 from LHR to Amritsar via Tashkent. Unfortunately, they were the worst ever flights I have been on from a customer service point of view. Very rude cabin crew and rude ground staff in Tashkent. The food was somewhat dodgy. They served beef on an aircraft full of Indians. I vowed never to fly with this airline again. Only plus was very attractive female cabin crew  Smile

Topic: RE: Uzbekistan Airways, 5flts Incl TU154, IL114, AN24!
Username: OA260
Posted 2009-07-28 13:42:41 and read 32767 times.



Quoting AOMlover (Thread starter):
Good luck ??? what a nice slogan for an airline !!!

LOL..

Very good report and loved all the pics. A step back in time and must have been a great experience. I always wanted to go to Uzbekistan.

Thanks for the insight.

OA260

Topic: RE: Uzbekistan Airways, 5flts Incl TU154, IL114, AN24!
Username: FlyingFinn76
Posted 2009-07-28 13:57:23 and read 32767 times.

Thanks for this fab report of a corner of the world that's not been covered too much.

I've been thinking about going to somewhere around here for a while now, especially when seeing the HY 767 at my usual airport of RIX (doing JFK-RIX-TAS and vice versa), once I was in a drinking competition with some Uzbek guys at a bar in RIX airport which was abandoned as they had to board their flight to TAS...

I actually flew a Tu-154 as a kid LED-SIP with Aeroflot but don't remember that much from it.

You and your blond hair surely look different from the locals  Smile

Topic: RE: Uzbekistan Airways, 5flts Incl TU154, IL114, AN24!
Username: Vandenheuvel
Posted 2009-07-28 14:36:27 and read 32767 times.

Hi,

I always like to read trip reports like these. Multiple flights, a very interesting airline and really special aircraft.

Quiet a disappointment they don't serve coffee.

It seems like you've had a nice time flying. And I had a nice time reading.

Tim,

Topic: RE: Uzbekistan Airways, 5flts Incl TU154, IL114, AN24!
Username: EC001
Posted 2009-07-28 16:14:31 and read 32767 times.

Hi there AOMLover (nostalgique?  Smile )

Great TR! really interesting to read and some great pictures of those russian birds (hope one day I'll be able to fly on one of those).

I just found that Uzbekistan airline's ad "good luck" absolutely hilarious! It kind of made my day now,

At the sight of some of those decayed cabins, one can only wonder how they still manage to fly... ah, must be good old Soviet engineering  Wink

look forward to reading your other TR,

cheers,

orian

Topic: RE: Uzbekistan Airways, 5flts Incl TU154, IL114, AN24!
Username: EddieDude
Posted 2009-07-28 16:56:50 and read 32767 times.

Wow! Thanks so much for taking the time to put together and uploading this fantastic report and the awesome pictures! I really enjoyed reading. You are right, this has got to be one of the most exotic trip reports in the forum ever.  Smile

It would be nice to see HY in SkyTeam!

Topic: RE: Uzbekistan Airways, 5flts Incl TU154, IL114, AN24!
Username: JFK69
Posted 2009-07-28 18:01:04 and read 32767 times.

Wow....what a TR. I was waiting for the picture of Borat sitting with his chicken in the suitcase.

Topic: RE: Uzbekistan Airways, 5flts Incl TU154, IL114, AN24!
Username: Egyptair269
Posted 2009-07-28 18:41:10 and read 32767 times.

I really enjoyed this TR! HY and Uzbekistan are unheard of here on A.net, very exotic pics you have, beautiful russian jets.

Quoting AOMlover (Thread starter):
Good luck ??? what a nice slogan for an airline !!!

LOL this made me laugh so much. Its like 'Good luck flying with us, see if you make it' XD

Cheers
Egyptair269

Topic: RE: Uzbekistan Airways, 5flts Incl TU154, IL114, AN24!
Username: EC001
Posted 2009-07-28 19:19:56 and read 32767 times.



Quoting JFK69 (Reply 7):
Wow....what a TR. I was waiting for the picture of Borat sitting with his chicken in the suitcase.

LOL...but that would've been in Kazakstan..  Smile

Topic: RE: Uzbekistan Airways, 5flts Incl TU154, IL114, AN24!
Username: Vietsky
Posted 2009-07-28 19:21:12 and read 32767 times.

Hi AOMlovers,

Great Trip report! First time I saw Uzbek Airlines here.

Btw, why all Russian aircrafts do not have a close storage on top? Just wonder if it goes throught a rough air, the luggage will fly everywhere  Smile

Vietsky

Topic: RE: Uzbekistan Airways, 5flts Incl TU154, IL114, AN24!
Username: Burj
Posted 2009-07-28 22:38:51 and read 32767 times.

Wow! Thanks! By far one of the most unique TR's I've read on this site!

Topic: RE: Uzbekistan Airways, 5flts Incl TU154, IL114, AN24!
Username: Airthanet
Posted 2009-07-29 01:26:49 and read 32767 times.

Great trip report! It seems that Uzbekistan is wonderful country!
Uzbekistan is a very unique airline and your photos catch each of their aircraft's perfectly!

Topic: RE: Uzbekistan Airways, 5flts Incl TU154, IL114, AN24!
Username: MEA-707
Posted 2009-07-29 01:52:57 and read 32767 times.

That was a great trip report. You have added some very interesting types in your logbook.
While a Yak-40 flight would have been cool, the Il-114 is even rarer with less then a dozen flying.
Tu-154M's are pretty normal but you flew in an older B-version which is also now very hard to get on, with the open overhead racks it has more a retro feel then the "M series.

The An-24 you were on is manufactured on 28 February 1974.

Topic: RE: Uzbekistan Airways, 5flts Incl TU154, IL114, AN24!
Username: BrusselsSouth
Posted 2009-07-29 05:00:51 and read 32767 times.

Hi AOMlover,

Very interesting report with nice pictures, I enjoyed reading it very much !

Quoting AOMlover (Thread starter):
Tashkent - Samarkand, Airbus A310
Termiz - Tashkent, IL114
Tashkent - Nukus, Tu154
Urgench - Boukhara, Avro RJ85
Boukhara - Tashkent, An24



Quoting AOMlover (Thread starter):
The main purpose of my trip to Uzbekistan was to discover the wonferful cities of Samarkand, Khiva and Bukhara. In 2 weeks, I also has time to go "off the beaten path" and take a trip to the South of the country, to Shakhrisabz, Boysun and Termez. I also visited Moynaq, a desolated city which used to be a prosperous harbour on the Aral seashores, and Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan. The other purpose was to fly on Russian jets, which are getting harder and harder to find nowadays.

Excellent combination of aircraft types and visits. Would have loved to see a selection of your non aviation pics, but the aviation photos already give a good idea of the place.

Quoting AOMlover (Thread starter):
TV sets were lowered for the safety demo, but for some reason the crew didn't turn them on. There was no manual safety demo, only an audio recording.

Hmmm... Not sure this complies with int'l safety standards... Not sure they care, anyway.

Quoting AOMlover (Thread starter):
Good luck ??? what a nice slogan for an airline !!!

This gave me a good laugh...

Thank you for taking the time to publish your report

Regards
BrusselsSouth

Topic: RE: Uzbekistan Airways, 5flts Incl TU154, IL114, AN24!
Username: MilesDependent
Posted 2009-07-29 05:54:28 and read 32767 times.

Wow. What a wonderful report.

Those Russian planes look TERRIBLE on the inside. I actually am not sure how comfortable I would have been flying in some of those planes (and I"m no stranger to flying Russian planes). Especially that An-24!!! Man, it's probably held together with a few pieces of straw...

Anyway - great report. Well done.

Topic: RE: Uzbekistan Airways, 5flts Incl TU154, IL114, AN24!
Username: AOMlover
Posted 2009-07-29 06:00:21 and read 32767 times.

Hello guys !

Thanks a lot for your nice comments.

Quoting Tonyban (Reply 1):
Unfortunately, they were the worst ever flights I have been on from a customer service point of view. Very rude cabin crew and rude ground staff in Tashkent.

I have to agree with you about the rude cabin crew. On those 5 flights, I've seen only 2 flight attendants who were willing to smile.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 3):
You and your blond hair surely look different from the locals

Hehe, that's true. However, there are a few local blond people in Uzbekistan, mostly from Russian origin I guess.

Quoting EC001 (Reply 5):
Hi there AOMLover (nostalgique? Smile )

I chose this username at a time when AOM was the only airline serving my home airport (Toulon). For me, that was enough to fall in love with AOM ! Now it sound more like an "erreur de jeunesse".  Wink

Quoting Airthanet (Reply 12):
Great trip report! It seems that Uzbekistan is wonderful country!

It is definitely a wonderful country! It's easy to travel around, the monuments are gorgeous and the historical cities are full of nice traditionnal B&B.

Quoting MEA-707 (Reply 13):
While a Yak-40 flight would have been cool, the Il-114 is even rarer with less then a dozen flying.

Actually I didn't know the IL114 is so rare ! Thank you for pointing that out.

Quoting MEA-707 (Reply 13):
The An-24 you were on is manufactured on 28 February 1974.

And thanks again for that piece of information ! How did you find out the manufacturing day of that Antonov ? I'd be curious to know the age of the TU154 I flew on as well !

Quoting BrusselsSouth (Reply 14):
Would have loved to see a selection of your non aviation pics, but the aviation photos already give a good idea of the place.

I will post some non-aviation pictures soon !

Topic: RE: Uzbekistan Airways, 5flts Incl TU154, IL114, AN24!
Username: CrimsonNL
Posted 2009-07-29 06:29:13 and read 32767 times.

Loved the report! I'd like to fly a TU-154 as well, or the AN-24! Thank you for sharing this somewhat uncommon report!

Topic: RE: Uzbekistan Airways, 5flts Incl TU154, IL114, AN24!
Username: SQ772
Posted 2009-07-29 07:58:00 and read 32767 times.

What a rare insight into those antiquated Russian jets. The interior of the An-24 reminds me of a bus...

Did you at any point during your flights worry that you may not make it to your destination safely? I mean, their slogan is Good Luck afterall...

Topic: RE: Uzbekistan Airways, 5flts Incl TU154, IL114, AN24!
Username: TUNisia
Posted 2009-07-29 08:06:18 and read 32767 times.



Quoting AOMlover (Thread starter):
Good luck ??? what a nice slogan for an airline !!!

At least they are being upfront and honest with you!

Great TR and nice pictures of some rare places and planes.

Topic: RE: Uzbekistan Airways, 5flts Incl TU154, IL114, AN24!
Username: MEA-707
Posted 2009-07-29 08:13:17 and read 32767 times.



Quoting AOMlover (Reply 16):
How did you find out the manufacturing day of that Antonov ? I'd be curious to know the age of the TU154 I flew on as well !

I checked the Antonov registration in the book 'Soviet Transports', a phonebook style list of all Soviet made aircraft.
They are online as well, freely accesible thru http://www.scramble.nl/sovdb.htm Using it I found UK-85578 manufactured on 28 June 1983. A year later they switched to build the M series which has quieter engines, closed overhead bins and still widely flying.

Topic: RE: Uzbekistan Airways, 5flts Incl TU154, IL114, AN24!
Username: Abrelosojos
Posted 2009-07-29 23:17:45 and read 32767 times.

What a fascinating, rare, and perfectly well written TR. Thanks for sharing. I am fascinated by Uzbekistan and hopefully will be able to go there someday.

Saludos,
A.

Topic: RE: Uzbekistan Airways, 5flts Incl TU154, IL114, AN24!
Username: Pe@rson
Posted 2009-07-30 04:35:02 and read 32767 times.

That really was a brilliant report with fantastic photos! Well done.

James.

P.S. Loved their slogan!  rotfl 

Topic: RE: Uzbekistan Airways, 5flts Incl TU154, IL114, AN24!
Username: MaverickM11
Posted 2009-07-30 08:34:21 and read 32767 times.

Great trip report. Uzbekistan is definitely on the top 5 list of places I want to go. Any non aviation pics?

Topic: RE: Uzbekistan Airways, 5flts Incl TU154, IL114, AN24!
Username: LY777
Posted 2009-07-30 08:57:20 and read 32767 times.

Very good TR! Bel exposé  Wink
Some planes look dreadful inside, I understand why the F/As don't smile  Wink

Topic: RE: Uzbekistan Airways, 5flts Incl TU154, IL114, AN24!
Username: UK_Dispatcher
Posted 2009-07-31 00:18:22 and read 32767 times.

Great report & pics. I had no idea that HY were flying the Tu-154B2s. Did you need a visa in advance for Uzbekistan? Is it an expensive country - hotels, etc?

I'm very tempted to take a trip there.

Many thanks for such an enjoyable report.

Topic: RE: Uzbekistan Airways, 5flts Incl TU154, IL114, AN24!
Username: BA319-131
Posted 2009-07-31 14:30:13 and read 32767 times.

Great report & pictures, something really different, very cool!

Quoting AOMlover (Thread starter):
Although HY domestic flights show up on websites such as expedia.fr or thomascook.fr, they cannot be booked online. You have to deal with an accreditted Uzbekistan Airways travel agency.

- Odd, seems pointless to have them on-line!

Quoting AOMlover (Thread starter):
The other purpose was to fly on Russian jets, which are getting harder and harder to find nowadays.

- Very true!

Regards

Mark

Topic: RE: Uzbekistan Airways, 5flts Incl TU154, IL114, AN24!
Username: LXM83
Posted 2009-08-01 15:26:19 and read 32767 times.

Very interesting report. Congratulations on the Il-114 flight! Uzbekistan Airways is the only airline using them in scheduled service.

Topic: RE: Uzbekistan Airways, 5flts Incl TU154, IL114, AN24!
Username: PRAirbus
Posted 2009-08-01 18:47:16 and read 32767 times.

Interesting pictures...you are very BRAVE to fly on those ancient planes, WOW! :O

Topic: RE: Uzbekistan Airways, 5flts Incl TU154, IL114, AN24!
Username: Allrite
Posted 2009-08-02 21:08:45 and read 32767 times.

Fantastic trip report! Would love to see and read about the non-aviation parts of your travels as well.

Topic: RE: Uzbekistan Airways, 5flts Incl TU154, IL114, AN24!
Username: AOMlover
Posted 2009-08-09 12:22:53 and read 32767 times.

Hello ! As promised, here are the non-aviation pics. Sorry for the delay but I was on another trip. Enjoy !

Samarkand



















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Shakhrisabz & Langar Valley







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The Iron Gates Mountains & Termiz



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Moynaq & Nukus





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Khiva





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Boukhara



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Topic: RE: Uzbekistan Airways, 5flts Incl TU154, IL114, AN24!
Username: PlymSpotter
Posted 2009-08-09 13:24:35 and read 32767 times.

Fantastic photos - I've been eagerly awaiting the destination pictures, which for once are even more fascinating than the aircraft you flew on. I've always wanted to visit the Aral Sea - for some reason it just fascinates me.

Thank you for taking the time to write this report - incredibly interesting, and including some very rare types!

Thanks,


Dan  Smile

Topic: RE: Uzbekistan Airways, 5flts Incl TU154, IL114, AN24!
Username: BrusselsSouth
Posted 2009-08-09 20:13:50 and read 32767 times.



Quoting AOMlover (Reply 30):
Hello ! As promised, here are the non-aviation pics. Sorry for the delay but I was on another trip. Enjoy !

I'm speechless at the beauty of those pictures ! Thank you for sharing them.

Regards
BrusselsSouth

Topic: RE: Uzbekistan Airways, 5flts Incl TU154, IL114, AN24!
Username: Gunsontheroof
Posted 2009-08-10 00:18:01 and read 32767 times.

Having been keenly interested in Central Asia for several years, I've been eagerly awaiting trip reports from HY flights from/to/within Uzbekistan. I couldn't have asked for a better documented or more enjoyable report--well done! Well-done on the photos--I wasn't expecting to see so many, especially given the restrictions on photography that you mentioned. Nice to see some TR documentation of some cool Russian metal wearing one of the slickest-looking airline liveries in the world.

I also enjoyed the "good luck" ad--the plane disappearing ominously into the clouds really ads to the unfortunate message the ad is unwittingly conveying.

Once again, fantastic job. Your report only made me more eager to visit this part of the world as soon as possible!

Topic: RE: Uzbekistan Airways, 5flts Incl TU154, IL114, AN24!
Username: MadameConcorde
Posted 2009-08-11 08:35:18 and read 32767 times.

Uzbekistan. Beautiful pictures and subjects. Look at all the details in the art work. These people are such incredible artists!

I always wanted to go to Uzbekistan to research patterns, to see the weavers, carpet making, mosaics, ceramics and other local arts and artists/crafters at work.

Flying on these planes would be fun too. I missed out on a trip to Uzbekistan a couple of years ago. The fashion designer friend who went there offered me to come along but he did it too late for me to get the visa from Paris so he went there but I missed out.

Thank you for posting this. It is very inspiring. I definitely must go there!

Topic: RE: Uzbekistan Airways, 5flts Incl TU154, IL114, AN24!
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2009-08-14 02:18:01 and read 32767 times.

Hi AOMlover,

that's what I call a truly exotic report! I really enjoyed reading, and the pictures are excellent, especially those from buildings and the landscape. Good to get an impression of HY.

Quoting AOMlover (Thread starter):

Good luck ??? what a nice slogan for an airline !!!

Priceless!


PH

Topic: RE: Uzbekistan Airways, 5flts Incl TU154, IL114, AN24!
Username: MH017
Posted 2009-08-15 02:00:39 and read 32767 times.

Excellent report and photos !!!

Uzbekistan seems to be a truly nice place to visit, with desert and most beautfiul buildings in the cities !

Would be dying to fly on an IL-114 and TU-154B myself...don't want to be too nosy, but could you share with us the price for these HY domestic flights, please ?

Topic: RE: Uzbekistan Airways, 5flts Incl TU154, IL114, AN24!
Username: AOMlover
Posted 2009-08-15 05:34:41 and read 32767 times.



Quoting MH017 (Reply 36):
Would be dying to fly on an IL-114 and TU-154B myself...don't want to be too nosy, but could you share with us the price for these HY domestic flights, please ?

Sure !

Tashkent-Samarkand 28€
Termez-Tashkent 35€
Tashkent-Nukus 47€
Urgench-Bukhara 36€
Bukhara-Tashkent 33€

+15€ service fee. As all flights appeared on the same ticket, I had to pay the service fee only once.

Topic: RE: Uzbekistan Airways, 5flts Incl TU154, IL114, AN24!
Username: CO7e7
Posted 2009-08-15 06:55:55 and read 32767 times.

That's my favorite kind of TR.... I loved your pictures... Even though the service seems to be way below average, I think it would be a lot of fun to fly such an airline in that part of the world.

Thanks for the report

CO7e7

Topic: RE: Uzbekistan Airways, 5flts Incl TU154, IL114, AN24!
Username: ThegreatRDU
Posted 2010-01-03 17:09:12 and read 32767 times.

Wow now this is a TR!! Simply amazing!!
Beautiful scenery with the desert and the mountains...

Topic: RE: Uzbekistan Airways, 5flts Incl TU154, IL114, AN24!
Username: C8fromONT
Posted 2010-01-03 17:57:09 and read 32767 times.

Flying that airline looked frightening!!! Looks like that that plane was built during the Cold War!! Glad you survived!!

Topic: RE: Uzbekistan Airways, 5flts Incl TU154, IL114, AN24!
Username: JMackey
Posted 2010-01-03 19:24:51 and read 32767 times.

No offense intended against Uzbekistan Air, but did it ever make you feel uneasy to fly on aircraft that appeared so poorly kept up ?

Topic: RE: Uzbekistan Airways, 5flts Incl TU154, IL114, AN24!
Username: Fly2YYZ
Posted 2010-01-04 02:21:18 and read 32767 times.

AOM! Tres belles photos! Tu parles l'uzbek ou russe?!

Was it difficult to get around without the local language? I've been thinking about a trip to Central Asia so this would be a great opportunity to travel there. Please let me know your thoughts.

Topic: RE: Uzbekistan Airways, 5flts Incl TU154, IL114, AN24!
Username: 5Rivers
Posted 2010-01-04 10:58:53 and read 32767 times.

Beautiful photos - the old architecture is amazing, with perfect symmetry and proportion. From an era when craftsmen were more important than accountants! Looks very similar to some Iranian architecture - must be the Persian influence.

What's with the boats and no lake? Was it drained or did it just dry up?

Topic: RE: Uzbekistan Airways, 5flts Incl TU154, IL114, AN24!
Username: Gunsontheroof
Posted 2010-01-05 00:44:39 and read 32767 times.



Quoting 5Rivers (Reply 43):
What's with the boats and no lake? Was it drained or did it just dry up?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aral_Sea

Topic: RE: Uzbekistan Airways, 5flts Incl TU154, IL114, AN24!
Username: Airbuseric
Posted 2010-01-05 02:02:35 and read 32767 times.

Hi,
great report. I've read it months ago already, but apparently forgot to reply. You're so lucky to catch such a nice variaty of aircraft types in the Uzbekistan A/W fleet. I've flown on an An-12 myself twice, and it was a unforgettable experience. I imagine you felt the same.

Quoting C8fromONT (Reply 40):
Flying that airline looked frightening!!! Looks like that that plane was built during the Cold War!! Glad you survived!!

Good for you that you live in the US and will only fly on the always save A & B's.

Topic: RE: Uzbekistan Airways, 5flts Incl TU154, IL114, AN24!
Username: Mindscape
Posted 2010-01-05 21:36:01 and read 32767 times.

Thanks AOMlover, your trip report made my day!
I was able to feel like traveling thanks to your great pics.
Were you traveling alone? how easy or difficult was it to communicate with locals?
Again, thanks for sharing your amazing journey.

Mindsc@pe

Topic: RE: Uzbekistan Airways, 5flts Incl TU154, IL114, AN24!
Username: RICARIZA
Posted 2010-01-06 04:20:51 and read 32767 times.

Great TR, thanks.. I am always interested in see TRs with Russian A/C... I wish I could fly one soon!

Thank you!!

Topic: RE: Uzbekistan Airways, 5flts Incl TU154, IL114, AN24!
Username: AOMlover
Posted 2010-01-07 14:01:05 and read 32767 times.

Hello, thanks for your nice comments !

Quoting JMackey (Reply 41):
No offense intended against Uzbekistan Air, but did it ever make you feel uneasy to fly on aircraft that appeared so poorly kept up ?

Well...I might have felt uneasy at first, but I was so excited to fly on Russian plane that the uneasy feeling didn't matter.

Quoting Fly2YYZ (Reply 42):
AOM! Tres belles photos! Tu parles l'uzbek ou russe?!

Thanks ! I speak no Russian and no Uzbek unfortunately...btw Uzbek is very similar to Turkish (according to one of my Turkish colleagues).

Quoting Fly2YYZ (Reply 42):
Was it difficult to get around without the local language?

Not really, because I had a good guidebook to find the right directions (Lonely Planet Central Asia) and you can communicate quite easily by speaking with your hands or writing words (like city names) on a paper. Knowing some Russian definitely helps. In tourist cities like Boukhara, Khiva or Samarkand, you can find a few people who speak English (especially in guest houses), and they'll be more than happy to help you plan your visits.

Quoting 5Rivers (Reply 43):
What's with the boats and no lake? Was it drained or did it just dry up?

As indicated by Gunsontheroof, it's because of the Aral Sea disaster.

Quoting Mindscape (Reply 46):
Were you traveling alone? how easy or difficult was it to communicate with locals?

I travelled alone, but I met many foreigners in the guest houses.

Topic: RE: Uzbekistan Airways, 5flts Incl TU154, IL114, AN24!
Username: Okapi
Posted 2010-01-07 16:07:32 and read 32767 times.

Simply...superbe! My last flight on a TU-154 was in 1995 with a Balkan Airlines aircraft chartered by the French Army / UN between Metz and Split, Croatia. I know what you mean by boiling hot. I've had the feeling that Russians are not prepared to hot weather. And félicitations pour les photos. Great airports with such an interesting architecture. Hope you get a chance to fly Russian planes again.

Topic: RE: Uzbekistan Airways, 5flts Incl TU154, IL114, AN24!
Username: Econojetter
Posted 2010-01-09 22:41:21 and read 32767 times.

Wow! I'm glad someone bumped this up because I missed it the first time around.
What an outstanding adventure. Such stunning photos (especially the non-aviation ones).
Thanks for sharing, AOMlover.

The airline ad with the Good Luck! slogan and the plane disappearing into the clouds is very funny.

And then this photo...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Herissonlfth/P1490672.jpg
It's was probably not your intention, but just the combination of your stare and the guy looking over in the background. Priceless.

Topic: RE: Uzbekistan Airways, 5flts Incl TU154, IL114, AN24!
Username: Elal772
Posted 2010-01-11 05:41:49 and read 32767 times.

Hey !!!

I enjoyed your report very much! I worked in the Ukraine for 3 months and traveled between cities several times a week. Your report reminded me very much of this time (summer 08). Also in Ukraine, the f/a on domestic flights with modern aircraft seemed to be nicer and more into their job. On the older Soviet planes, the service was usually as bad as the plane. Being one of the only non Ukrainians on these flights I would be the only one not able to fall asleep as all the odd noises made me very nervous.
I got to fly on the Yak 40 and Yak 42 and as my local colleagues would say to me I was lucky NOT to fly on the Antonov.
If you want a good soviet aviation experience you'll have a good time in the Ukraine or Russia.

I have a bunch of pictures from these trips including some funny ones (funny signs in "English"). Perhaps I'll upload them.

So thanks for the report, enjoyed it very much!

M

Topic: RE: Uzbekistan Airways, 5flts Incl TU154, IL114, AN24!
Username: ELAL772
Posted 2010-01-11 05:53:33 and read 32767 times.



Quoting AOMlover (Thread starter):
Good luck ??? what a nice slogan for an airline !!!

this is what I meant by funny signs. Like in Ukraine, they take what are probably common phrases in Russian and/or Ukrainian and translate them, the outcome is somewhere between hilarious and scary!  bitelip 

Topic: RE: Uzbekistan Airways, 5flts Incl TU154, IL114, AN24!
Username: RussianGirl
Posted 2011-02-26 08:49:18 and read 21565 times.

Salut, AOMlover!

Outstanding report!!! It was very interesting to read! And your photos...they are just amazing!!  
Quoting AOMlover (Thread starter):
I'm in love with Russian jets

I'm so glad to hear it! It's very nice, when guys love Russian jets, especially when guys are not Russian!  


Best regards,
Russian Girl

Topic: RE: Uzbekistan Airways, 5flts Incl TU154, IL114, AN24!
Username: MSS658
Posted 2011-02-27 04:30:46 and read 20977 times.

Nice trip report with some exotic airplanes.  

Topic: RE: Uzbekistan Airways, 5flts Incl TU154, IL114, AN24!
Username: 9W748Capt
Posted 2011-02-27 10:48:05 and read 20816 times.

I love when random TRs like this get resurrected after a year - great stuff.

What a fantastic TR - I've always wondered what Central Asia was like. What a bunch of weird but interesting countries at the same time. And then they get in on the UK-Punjab market too! Just weird. It must be some kind of experience to fly on even one real Russian jet - much less as many as you did. Thanks for sharing!

Topic: RE: Uzbekistan Airways, 5flts Incl TU154, IL114, AN24!
Username: abrelosojos
Posted 2011-03-10 20:08:40 and read 19683 times.

Re-read the report again and loved it again. Thanks so much for the pictures of the country! I REALLY wanna go there next year - a toss up between Uzbekistan and PNG. Vamos a ver. Just a few random thoughts to add:

Quoting AOMlover (Thread starter):
Most of the F seats were occupied by HY pilots reading manuals, while some HY flight attendants in full uniform were sleeping in the J seats.

= Aaaw ... how old school  .

Quoting EddieDude (Reply 6):
It would be nice to see HY in SkyTeam!

= Eddie - come on - the rate at which Skyteam is going, I wouldn't be surprised - any airline seem to be welcome  .

Saludos,
A.

Topic: RE: Uzbekistan Airways, 5flts Incl TU154, IL114, AN24!
Username: AirPacific747
Posted 2012-02-21 14:08:48 and read 12854 times.

I was in Tashkent just a few days ago.. unfortunately only in the airport area.. looks like they have many beautiful buildings there.. wouldn't want to fly with Uzbekistan Airways though.. I am not sure that I would trust them..

Topic: RE: Uzbekistan Airways, 5flts Incl TU154, IL114, AN24!
Username: QF340500
Posted 2012-02-29 06:15:33 and read 10913 times.

ahhhhhh i cant see the pics... why is that??????


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