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Russia Trip Report With LH, Skyexpress,and Pulkovo  
User currently offlineKolozsvari From Hungary, joined Jun 2007, 6 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 6912 times:

Dear All,

Please see my very first trip report here.
The routing was the following: BUD - FRA - SVO, on Lufthansa, VKO-MMK-VKO-AER on Skyexpress, AER-LED on Rossiya IL86, and finally SVO-MUC-BUD on Lufthansa again.

So, the first trip:

Date: 16.08.2007
Flight: LH3445 Budapest - Frankfurt
A/C: A319, D-AILI
Shed dep: 14:50 Act dep: 15:16, T/O: 15:19
Shed arr: 16:35 Act Arr: 16:36, stand: 16:43

We arrived to Ferihegy Airport, Terminal 2B at 12:30. I checked in us by the quick c/in machine, we choose our seat to SVO. We had some problem with our ticket by the drop off counter, but it was solved, and we walked to customs
counter, then to sec. check, and went to the gate 13.
After we boarded, the very friendly cabin crew welcomed us aboard, and we started our taxi to runway 13R.
The flight was pretty good, the meal ( a sandwich) and drink was served.
After we landed in FRA, we parked a stand, some bus waited for the passengers. After we arrived to the terminal it was at 17:05, we heard the following announcement:
''Attention please, all passengers for LH flight 3188 to Moscow, please proceed to gate A62.''
Yes, we arrived to terminal B. we get the train to the terminal A. We catch-ed our flight, arrived to gate A62 at 17:15, we seated there, but the boarding started immediate.

Flight LH3188 Frankfurt - Moscow, SVO2
A/C: A300-600, D-AIAX
Shed dep:17:35 Act dep: 17:46, T/O: 17:56
Shed arr: 22:35 Act arr: 22:20, gate: 22:24

We booked our ticket for this flight, because we really want to fly with the A300. And its a beautiful aircraft.
The crew was the best on this flight, very friendly, the service was very good.
We seated on the 38th row on time, but we must wait on the aircraft 10 ms for another A/C started behind us.
The flight was superb, our landing is too, and before we arrived to our gate, we got a message from the Captain:
'Ladies, and Gentlemen, it's Captain speaking.We are standing before our gate, because some container is occupied our gate. We are sorry for it, and welcome in Moscow!'
1 ms later we taxied our gate, and the engine is powered off for the night stop.

The airport is very interest. The way to the customs counter is not separated from the entrance to the other gate. So,if i like to board a Russian aircraft, i can make it....

We spent firstly 2 full days in Moscow, and on 19th night we departed to Murmansk.

Date: 19.08.2007
Flight: 3X 121 Moscow Vnukovo - Murmansk
A/C: B737-500, VP - BFM
Shed dep: 00:10 act dep: 01:06 T/O: 01:18
Shed arr: 02:45 act arr: 03:12, stand: 03:15

Vnukovo is an international airport, but there are no people, who speak English from the staff.
The c/in was so chaotic. Normally, its start 2 hrs before departure. We checked the info monitors, and we saw, there are no delays. That's great! We went to the counter (1 and 2) at 22:10. There were cca 20 people at the desk, but the staff wasn't there. At 22:30, a c/in agent arrived, opened the counter 2, and called the passenger for flight to Kaliningrad.
On the info monitor, there wasn't new info about our flight. At 23:00 my friends went to the info desk. The agent there, called the Skyexpress infoline and gave the phone to my friends, because, the skyexp agent spoke English. He informed us, that the flight had 50 ms delay,and the c/in will start at 23:00. It was an interest information, because the time was 23:15, and the c/in was closed.... Finally, c/in opened at 23:45. After it, we went trough the security check, and boarded to the A/C. The crew gave all information in Russian and in English.
The weather was very bad, rainy and windy.
The flight was good, nothing special, but the landing was very interesting...The captain put the aircraft very hard to the ground, but the brake wasn't started immediately...We running on the wet, and not so long runway, then so many seconds, the hard brake started, and we taxied to our stand.
The airport in Murmansk is a bit small, and we planned to spend the night there. We went from the arrival building to the terminal, which was empty on late night. It was great, we slept a bit.
In the morning, we went to the city. It's an interesting city, and i think, we was the only foreigner in Murmansk on Sunday...
After a full day in the city, we went back to the airport at cca 8 pm. We made a dinner, and try to sleep a bit. After it, we went to the bar, to drink some vodka, beer, or others.
Our flight departed back to VKO at 03:55.


Date: 20.08.2007
Flight: 3X 122 Murmansk - Moscow Vnukovo
A/C: B737-500, VP - BFM
Shed dep: 03:55 act dep: 04:02, T/O: 04:06
Shed arr: 06:20 act arr: 06:04, stand: 06:06
Second time on this aircraft. Now, we seated to the 5th row. It better, as the 14th row...So much space was in the 5th row. After departure, i changed my seat to the 1st row, and it was very good.
It was a short night flight, very short for sleeping. The crew spoke only Russian...

We arrived on time to VKO, and we ran to the Skyexpress office, to change our booking to AER, for the earlier flight, which depart at 7:20. Unfortunately, the officer not made it, and he told me, that the flight is fully booked. After this conversation, my friend went back to the office,and ask them, that we would like to buy 6 tickets for this flight. The officer said: this is no problem ....Its really interest, but we can not do anything, and we waited for the later flight.

We remained in VKO airport, because the weather was very bad.

Date:20.08.2007
Flight: 3X223 Moscow Vnukovo - Sochi
A/C: B737 - 500, VP - BFM
Shed dep: 14:30 act dep:14:26 T/O:14:32
Shed arr: 16:45 act arr: 16:39, gate:16:42
The c/in opened on time, we checked in ,and went to the gate. The boarding started, our bus wait for us to took to our aircraft,to VP-BFM once again (third time). We seated now on the 13th row, with a very little space for my foot...
The crew gave the sec instruction on English.

We arrived to the Russian Riviera on time, and after we got our bags, we went out from the terminal. WE went to our hotel, next to the beach. WE had 3 beautiful day in Sochi. 2 days in the beach, 1 day we went to Krasnaya Polyana, this is 2300 ms high mountain.

Our back flight to Moscow was booked originally for Aeroflot. But, they cancelled our flight in June, and they don't informed us.Fortunately, we checked our booking at end of June.We went to the Aeroflot office in BUD, but they told me, that You can only rebook us a later flight, which depart on 20:05, and the A/C is an A320... WE said, its not good for us, pls pay back our money, and we went to the Pulkovo office in BUD. They told me, that they have a flight to St Petersburg, with IL-86. We booked 3 tickets for this flight, and we paid 200 Euros pro person ( The ticket for SU was 100 euros).

Date: 23.08.2007
Flight: FV670 Sochi - St. Petersburg
A/C: RA-86092, IL-86
Shed dep: 19:30 act dep: 19:40, T/O: 19:55
Shed arr: 22:45 act arr: 22:34, stand: 22:40
The IL86 is a beautiful aircraft. The boarding to the aircraft was very interest, we went to the a/c, first time to the baggage, we leave our bigger baggage there, then we went to the upstairs to our seat. We seated to the row 8, next to window. It was really enjoyable. There were fullhouse on the flight, so 350 people crew were on the board.
The flight was good, and after 2hrs and 39 ms flying, we landed in St Petersburg, Pulkovo airport.

Then we went to the city with the bus line 39, and tried to take a metro to go to the train station ( we were in the last year in St. Petersburg, so we used the city only for transit), and found our night train to Moscow. It departed at 1:10, and arrived full on time to Moscow at 10:22. It was very safety, and very comfortable.

On 24th of August, we went to Monino, to the A/C museum. It was hard to go there, on the train were lot of people,and was very warm...
After one and half our on the train, we arrived to Monino. We went to the check point. The soldier asked our docs, but they spoke only Russian, so we don't understand him. There was a russian lady, who spoke english, and translate it for us. We saw, that the soldier made a phone call. We asked the lady, what about spoke the soldier... They translate for us:
'there are 3 people to the museum, and don't speak russian. Please nyet bum-bum'.
It was very funny Smile We finally arrived to the museum, and it was very interesting.


On Saturday, 25th of August, we went to the MAKS 2007.
It was very interest. On the static display, there are the TU-144, IL96T, TU154M with HUD, IL-76 with different engines,and many other aircraft. The spectacular display was the Patruille de France.

On 26th we departed back to home, the holiday is ended Sad
Flight: LH3195 Moscow SVO2 - Munich
A/C: A321, D-AISG
Shed dep: 17:20 act dep:17:20 T/O: 17:42
Shed arr: 18:30 act arr: 18:36 G: 18:39

This flight started with a very big surprise: One of the cabin attendant spoke Hungarian... The second surprise was, that we can do cockpit shot before, and after the flight... The flight was fully, the service was very good, but the landing wasn't the best.
My friends bought some Vodka in the transit, and the tasks were fully closed. I wondered, that it was allowed for flight...

After we arrived to MUC, we seated in the terminal. It was a bit empty. At 20:15 we proceeded to the security check for our flight to BUD. The surprise: The security agent saw the Vodka, and said: It's not allowed for this flight. You can drink it, or it must remain here. I said, when we drink it, we will not allowed for the flight. I tried all, to bring with us to the board. The agent said, one person allowed to go back to the LH Service Center. I ran back, and asked the Lady, what can i do with this vodka, 35 ms before our departure. She spoke with the sec agent, because the tasks were fully closed, and the invoices were ind the tasks. But, the sec agent said: Sorry, it's not allowed. They told me, that i can run out, and check in as baggage. I ran out, and try it. I went to the business c/in, they told me, that i must pack it to newspaper. I bought it for 6 USD, and packed it. Then, i ran back to the cin, and c/in staff advise, that its not good, pls buy for a bag. But, there are 20:30,so You have max 5 ms. OK, i ran, and bought a bag. I ran back, they told me, that its OK, and they called the handling agent. They advise, that there are too late, they don't take any baggage to this flight. The cin agent told me, that i have 2 option now, 1: I leave the vodka in MUC, 2:I fly back only with the morning flight to BUD. But, my bag, my bankcard, my phone remained at my friends at the security desk, so I leave the Vodka, and I ran back to the gate G46, to catch my flight....

Date: 26.08.2007
Flight: LH 3464 Munich - Budapest
A/C: D-AVRH, ARJ85
Shed dep: 20:55 act dep:21:08 T/O: 21:23
Shed arr: 22:10 act arr: 22:25 stand: 22:29

There were another cabin crew, who speak Hungarian... It was so interest by a German Airline Smile
The flight was pretty good, with a fully loaded economy class. On the business class were only 2 people...

So, it was a very nice trip, with many interesting A/C, I was flew first time with Avro, IL86, and A300.We visited 3 very different place in Russia, and it was very nice. I think, the russian culture is very interesting, and they have many interesting and beautiful place.

My next report coming soon, at and of October, after i arriving from Chile and Brazil, with some flights on Swiss and LAN Chile.

Thanks for your reading,

Robert

Please note, this is my first trip report, so I'm apologize for my grammar ( this is not the best).

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D-ABTF
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D-AISD
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LH 6HU,pls give way to AirIndia 747
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Where we fly? in Brazil or in Russia?!
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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8596 posts, RR: 54
Reply 1, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 6887 times:
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Great first TR!

Pretty interesting routing there, nice selection of planes too, though a shame you managed the same 737 3 times!! - would have driven me nutty!!

Nice to fly the '86, still missing from my log.

Look forward to the next TR.

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineN178UA From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1713 posts, RR: 65
Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 6866 times:
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Good trip report with good details.

Do you have the reg of the Pulkovo IL86 you flown

I just flown RA-86092 IL86 on FV 507 St Petersburg to Novosibirsk

Sam


User currently offlineKolozsvari From Hungary, joined Jun 2007, 6 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 6795 times:

Mark & Sam,

Thanks!

Sam,
The reg is the same, RA-86092.



kolozsvari
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 6764 times:

Hello, Robert,
for sure an non-usual routing.
Nice story and pix.
Flying the IL86, also something missing in my log.
Flying the same plane three times around one trip, weird!.
Thanx for posting,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineAleksandar From Serbia, joined Jul 2000, 3238 posts, RR: 32
Reply 5, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 6609 times:

Quoting Kolozsvari (Thread starter):
Please note, this is my first trip report, so I'm apologize for my grammar ( this is not the best).

Very good and interesting TR, Robert. I really enjoyed it. Don't worry about grammar, with some practice here, it will be perfect.

Now, you seem to have quite a fuss because of single bottle of Votka.

Those flights you made were really interesting and the pics are really good. Pity you didn't make some pics at Ferihegy, because, for some strange reasons, I always missed to take pics of LH planes there.

Speaking of Pulkovo office in BUD, I had some very bad experience there and staff was very unfriendly and rude, even making some bad comments in Russian which I, unfortunately, understood. Are they better now?



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User currently offlineKolozsvari From Hungary, joined Jun 2007, 6 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 3 months 7 hours ago) and read 5969 times:

Hello Aleksandar,

Firstly,sorry for my late reply.

We didn't had bad experience with Pulkovo BUD office... They was very friendly and help us absolutely professional.

But, we had problem with the Aeroflot office. We booked our tickets originally for SU 870 flight from AER to SVO.They cancelled this flight, and put us to SU 875, and they not informed us. We checked our booking at end of June, and we saw this changes... WE called the office, but firstly they didn't want to help us...They told us, that they don't find my number, because my name was on the ticket Robert Kolozsvari, and not Kolozsvari Robert ( hungarian standard)... Than, after we visited the embassy for our visa, we proceeded to the SU office in BUD. They told me, that they can put us for the later flight, but there are no more possibilities, and they don't understand, why would we cancel our booking...The customer service manager said, that they was very flexible...
So, i don't want to fly with Aeroflot, and - i work for an air freight forwarder company - i don't give cargo to Aeroflot...



kolozsvari
User currently offlineEYKD From Russia, joined Dec 2006, 203 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (7 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 5798 times:

Wow, very interesting trip, indeed. It was even more interesting for me since it let to see my country from someone other's point of view/

I have one little correction, though. You refer Sky Express flights as 3X, which is wrong. You must be confused by the internal Russian code for Sky Express ÝÕ, looks like 3X. I suppose that the IATA code for Sky Express is XW.

Thanks again for your report!


User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17149 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 5339 times:

A really great first TR.

The pics are really nice.

Thank you for sharing.

B747forever.



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