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Aeroflot SU 535: 05/SEP/07: MOW-DEL: J Cabin  
User currently offlineAbrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5088 posts, RR: 55
Posted (6 years 8 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 32767 times:

Feedback always appreciated.

Trip Report: 033
Flight Category: J-ILR (See Report End)
Date: 05-Sep-07
SDT/SAT/Delay: 1710/0030/05:50 hrs
Flight: Aeroflot SU 535, 2713 miles
Routing: SVO-DEL
Aircraft: IL9
Seat: Business Class, 2I

I > Background:

Ok, I am back! After taking a sabbatical from trip reports for 5 months, here is the first installation from a series of trip reports. Mid-August to mid-November 2007 saw the craziest of my travel plans. 69 flights totalling 175,028 kms on 35 airlines, visiting 49 airports in 34 countries in all 6 continents. And, here is the best part … all of them were part of a 4month break from life … pure vacation, and pure food for the mind, body, and soul. Together, they mounted to 21/2 round-the-worlds that was truly insane. As usual, all long haul flights were on Business or First Class; short haul was on Economy Class.

The reason for this trip was simple. I had never flown the IL9 so instead of flying AMS-DEL, I routed myself AMS-MOW-DEL.

II > Pre-Flight:

a) Before Airport:
Booking for the KL/SU combo was done using a reliable travel agent here in Caracas. They found a pretty neat deal for AMS-MOW-DEL with the KL segments in Y. To chose my seat assignment, I called SU and was promptly assigned the requested seat of 2I. I don’t think I have ever sat in a “I” part of a row before. I was not impressed by the fact that this could not be done on Aeroflot website at www.aeroflot.com ; and, from other experiences one cannot do this even if it’s an e-ticket bought from the SU site itself. However, to its credit, Aeroflot has improved its website tremendously!

b) At Airport:
Given that I was on transit from AMS, I did not get the full SVO experience. There were only 2 passengers connecting onwards from the KL flight (interestingly, he was also going to DEL). The entire experience was VERY Soviet Union. After arrival, you go to this one young girl who was waiting by a locked door. She saw the first man’s boarding pass, opens the locked door, and lets him out. She then scans my ticket and my Indian visa, and without saying a word asks me to follow her. After she opens the locked door, I follow her through the SVO terminal to a room that looks like a bus terminal. Here a surly looking maitre d’ (sort of what your stereotype of an older Russian woman is) tries to print out my boarding pass but fails. The young girl screams in Russian to the old woman … the only thing I recognize is “First Class … First Class.” Of course, travelling in First Class has privileges such as totally ignoring the queue of 20-30 people who had been waiting to talk to the maitre d’. I would NOT want to be in Economy and have to deal with this woman for a missed flight! Anyways, boarding pass and lounge invitation in hand, I head to check the abysmally small terminal. Since NBO, I have never seen such narrow hallways and a motley crew of economic migrant workers travelling around the world … with lot of traffic to the “Stans”. On the 2nd floor is the First Class lounge which has an array of snacks and a very well stocked bar and free internet. While not luxurious by any standards, I still prefer such cozy lounges to the spacious ones found in other countries sans amenities. As I people-watch (most fascinating), I downed a few Gin & Tonic before deciding to head to the gate. I was the last to board and missed any drama that may have happened. Upon finally boarding, I was greeted by another surly older FA who could not have been from anywhere but Russia  Smile. One of them offered me a choice of drink (I chose water), and brought me a nice cold towel served in attractive white china. The Iluyshin IL-96 was a BLAST and I knew I was going to enjoy this flight! It is such a departure from the cabins I am used to flying. Every little thing is different and I had to document many of those. Aeroflot used to have a 3 cabin layout – F/J/Y – now its sort of J/Y+/Y, with the Y+ cabin being reserved usually for family, friends, and some elites. Load in J was around 60%; Y load was around 20%. Very poor.

Airport - External:

NONE

Check-In:

(Infamous check-in desk at Sheremetyevo II)
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Airport - Internal:

(Notice the narrow corridor)
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(Departure board. Right above it was a security camera. Wonder what they thought of me)


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Scenes of the tarmac:

NONE

Lounge

(Lounge Invite + Boarding Pass)
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(Macro overview)
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(Food Options)
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(My choice)

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Boarding:

NONE

III> In-Flight:

a) Service Schedule + Impressions:
I was genuinely impressed by the service schedule. Welcome drink choice of champagne, orange juice, and water was accompanied by a cold refreshing towel. Amenity kits were also distributed prior to take-off. Service commenced immediately after takeoff with hot towels and an appetizer service, followed by dinner. Soon thereafter, individual DVD players were distributed. Through the flight, crew would come about asking if one needed anything.

b) Aircraft + Seats:
The IL9 is an interesting aircraft. Not having the centre overhead storage spaces gives it a super spacious feel. So much of it feels like a luxury overnight train – well, when you see some of the pictures, you will get an idea of what I am saying. Much of it lacks finesse, but it is definitely a comfortable ride nevertheless. The F seats are VERY plush and I am sure adds to the overall weight of the aircraft. They are super comfortable irrespective of the fact that recline is dismal, and leg room mirrors domestic First in the U.S.A. What is interesting is that all the controls are so different – air vent in front of you, call button on the side, no buttons on top, and a weird awkward reading light that is “SO train ride” rather than a plane. I mean, the finishing on the thing is so metallic! I felt like I was on a sleeper car in Russia/China/India rather than the First cabin of an alliance airline. Very cool  Smile. Oh, and without automatic seat controls, it took all my strength to actually recline the seat. Sort of a car without power steering.

I fly enough, and I can tell you that both take-off and landing was scary. The ENTIRE aircraft rattled and shook violently during both times. It might have been my imagination, but I felt the IL9 is far above ground than its cohorts. I taped a video – my first on a TR to demonstrate how intense the take off vibrations and roll were. Landing was the same way. The entire aircraft shook and rattled and made loud noises. An experience nevertheless.

Aircraft:

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Views from Aircraft:

(Beautiful Aviadvigatel PS-90 engines and a TU-154B)
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(Huge windows)


(SVO 2)
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(Aircraft Movements)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/017-20.jpg

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(IL 62)
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(IL-86)
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(SVO 3 in construction)
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Seat Leg-Room:

(Notice the very classy metal rods holding the seats down)
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Seat Recline + Angle View:

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/028-7.jpg

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Cabin:

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http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/032-6.jpg

(Seat back with fan)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/033-6.jpg

(Non power recline button)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/034-6.jpg

(Attendant Call)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/035-4.jpg

(The reading lamp – VERY railway)


(Spacious cabin with no middle overhead storage bins)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/037-3.jpg

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/038-3.jpg

(Look Mommy … all the buttons are missing)
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(J Lav)






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(Gotta love the signs)
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(Y Class lavs. Wish more aircrafts had ample lavs like this)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/047-1.jpg

(Y Class Cabin – look at the empty load)
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c) Meal + Beverage:

Who would have thought that one of my best recent overall dining experience would have been on Aeroflot?! The meal service rocked. It started with a towel service, and then “my” attendant came and set the table. First off, was excellent “hot savouries” of prawn tempura and brie cheese dumpling accompanied by a Bloody Mary. I don’t think the crew knew how to make them so initially I got one virgin. When I pointed this out, she blushed immediately and went and brought 2 whole bottles of vodka and told me to keep them. Jajaja. Anyways, next came the really good appetizer which contained a Proscuitto di Parma, various bread, and a vegetable mix. Course 3 was lettuce leaves based salad. Course 4 was a traditional Russian fish soup called “SOLYANKA”. Now in a nice touch, the attendant stuck around and asked me what I thought of it. She then went on to explain the origination of “SOLYANKA” and that not many Russian actually eat it daily. How awesome! Course 5 (main course) was a choice between traditional Russian cake with salmon, shrimp, and potatoes; Buhna Gosht Lamb and Capsicum Alu Masala served with rice; or a Capelleti con Pesto. As I was going to India, I chose the Lamb, and WOW. It was SOOO good. Not Air India catering, but I was impressed! Course 6 (dessert) was a choice between an orange cake, a vanilla ice-cream with wild berries, or bitter chocolate. I chose the ice-cream and was not disappointed. Throughout the meal service, my FA would bring in a bread basket and check and see if we needed more drinks. Service was from the galley and I never spent over 2 minutes between courses. Their was an Indian couple in front of me and their vegetarian meal had not been loaded. The attendant went out of her way to pro-actively create an ensemble of food from Y. Even for me, she came by several times to check up and see if I needed anything. I had to pinch and remind myself I was on Aeroflot.

Although the wine and champagne selection was nothing to write home about, there was an excellent selection of alcohol and this being SU, they were super generous. I must have had over 10 stiff drinks  Smile. Additionally, there was a full stocked mini-bar at the back of the cabin with water, juice, nuts, etc.

(Menu)


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(Pre-take off drink)
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(Pre-dinner cleaning)
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(Excellent 6+ course dinner)
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(Any time mini-bar)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/061.jpg

d) Inflight Entertainment:

The IL 96 was not made in a world of IFEs. Aeroflot has come up with a good interim solution of DVD players filled with movies and music. While not state-of-the-art, it was loaded with around 20 on-demand movies … though, the selection left much to be desired. Additionally, there were several glossy magazines and a rather “Vogue”-ish edition of its in-flight magazine.

(In-flight magazines, Boarding Passes, etc.)
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http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/063.jpg

(SU DVD Unit with Noise Canceling Headsets)
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http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/065.jpg

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/066.jpg

(That cheesy SU commercial)
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http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/068.jpg

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/069.jpg

e) Crew:
Take every notion you have of Aeroflot crew and throw it out of the window. This Aeroflot crew was absolutely fantastic. I am convinced that a lot of people have a negative stereotype of Russia. While some of it is true, I was absolutely blown away by the genuine hospitality of the crew on SU 535. I have never seen a crew work so hard in doing rounds of water or drinks, and asking passengers if they needed anything. The way my attendant explained the meal option, and pro-actively went to find a meal choice for the Indian couple, are real moments when I remind myself why I love to fly. To be fair, my attendant and the others did not have polish. They appeared awkward at times and did not know the “finishing school” way of doing things. But seriously, who cares? They were just fantastic. It was service from the heart. It was like being at my grand-mothers house and being taken care. Absolutely awesome!

During the flight, I went back to the Y cabin to take some pictures. One of the pretty young cabin attendants asked if I wanted a picture with the cabin. We started a conversation on SU and the changes it has gone through. I was blown away by her knowledge of the industry, and of her airline. She lamented that “political reasons” had made SU abandon Russian aircrafts and gave me her email address promising that the next time I am in Russia, she would personally create an itinerary with which I can fly on all Russian aircrafts! WOW! WOW! WOW!

IV> Post-Flight:

As always, I dread landing in DEL during the evening rush-hour. I had not been to Delhi international in an year and was concerned at how long I would spend at immigration. WOW. I was pleasantly surprised. It took around 5 minutes to clear immigration, and another 15 minutes for the bags to appear. Signage has definitely improved. Along with development, have come pretentious duty free stores with inflated prices. Bring back those AAI run duty free stores where alcohol was cheaper than water!

(Delhi at night)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/070.jpg

(IGIA Tarmac)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/071.jpg

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/072.jpg

(IGIA Arrivals)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/073.jpg

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/074.jpg

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/075.jpg

(IGIA Bathrooms now have showers?!)


V> Impressions + Scores:

This is NOT your grand-parents Aeroflot. The airline has come a long way and is definitely a good flag bearer for the new Russia. While the legroom recline in the old seats were disappointing, the plush leather was extremely comfortable – like being in a leather couch at home. Food was just absolutely awesome … and here is the surprise … the crew just rocked. I mean, they did everything right … and with warmth! I absolutely recommend flying Aeroflot in J. Who would have thought that this would become one of my favourite Skyteam airlines?!!

Reservation: 6.0
Check-In: 7.0
Lounge: 7.0
Boarding: 9.0
Seat: 7.0
Aircraft Overall Ambience: 8.0
IFE: 8.0
Crew Service: 9.5
Food: 10.0 (First 10.0)
Beverages: 8.0
Amenity Kits + Others Freebies: 7.0
Disembarkation: 8.0
On-Time Record: 10.0
OVERALL IMPRESSION: 7.96 – new high for premium cabin
(Pre-flight average of all-reviews: 6.29)

(Scores are based on comparison with other airlines in THAT class of service – No comparison of Y vs. F for example)

VI> Other Trip Reports:

Please let me know if you like this new way of presenting the older trip reports.
(Note on Codes: Y – Economy, J – Business, F – First :: I/D – International/Domestic :: SR/MR/LR – Short/Medium/Long Haul :: I have designed these codes so people don’t believe my scores are comparing apples with oranges)

PREMIUM:
7.96: Aeroflot Russian Airlines (33): MOW-DEL: 09/2007
7.85: Delta Airlines (24): JFK-CDG: 08/2007
7.81: Singapore Airlines (06): EWR-SIN: 09/2006
7.17: Delta Airlines (18): SEA-JFK: 11/2006
7.15: KLM: EBB-AMS: 08/2007
7.13: Air Canada (17): ICN-YYZ: 10/2006
5.88: Singapore Airlines (16): CCU-SIN: 10/2006
5.33: Air France: CDG-JNB (25): 08/2007

ECONOMY: Long + Medium:
7.09: Avianca (01): BOG-LIM: 07/2006
5.96: USA 3000 (19): PUJ-BDL: 01/2007
5.96: Jet Blue (21): CUN-JFK: 02/2007
5.92: Air Canada (04): YYZ-YVR: 09/2006
5.46: TAP Air Portugal (23): OSL-LIS: 05/2007

ECONOMY: Short
8.21: Kingfisher (14): IXA-GAU: 10/2006
7.54: Alliance Air (13): CCU-IXA: 10/2006
7.25: Indian Airlines (10): DEL-CCU: 09/2006
7.14: West Jet (03): YYC-YVR: 09/2006
6.73: Air Tran (02): EWR-MDW: 08/2006
6.67: Spice Jet (09): CCU-DEL: 09/2006
6.54: Indigo (15): GAU-CCU: 10/2006
6.17: Air Link Swazi (28): MTS-JNB: 08/2007
6.17: Kenya Airways (29): NBO-BJM: 08/2007
6.08: Transairways (27): INH-MPM: 08/2007
6.04: Adam Air (07): SIN-CGK: 09/2006
5.96: Rwanda Air Exp (30): KGL-NBO: 08/2007
5.88: Air Canada (05): ALB-YYZ: 09/2006
5.75: Air Deccan (12): IXZ-CCU: 10/2006
5.75: SAS Norge (22): OSL-AES: 05/2007
5.67: LAM Mozambique (26): JNB-MPM: 08/2007
5.04: Valuair (08): CGK-SIN: 09/2006
4.83: Fly 540 (31): MYD-LAU: 08/2007
4.58: Viva Aerobus (20): ELP-MTY: 02/2007
4.42: Air Sahara (11): CCU-BOM: 09/2006

VII> Other Pictures:

Some other related aviation pictures. Hope everyone enjoys!

(Amenity kit)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/077.jpg

(Climbing over MOW)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/078.jpg

(Those beautiful engines at work somewhere over a “Sthan”)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/079.jpg

(Take off video)



Live, and let live.
40 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8524 posts, RR: 54
Reply 1, posted (6 years 8 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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Fantastic TR!

What a fab read, I had heard SU's service was improving, the real downer being SVO. Your report pretty much shows SU are right heading the right way and providing decent service.

I have to say the food looked pretty decent indeed, would be interesting to see what got serve down back though.

Quoting Abrelosojos (Thread starter):
During the flight, I went back to the Y cabin to take some pictures. One of the pretty young cabin attendants asked if I wanted a picture with the cabin. We started a conversation on SU and the changes it has gone through. I was blown away by her knowledge of the industry, and of her airline. She lamented that “political reasons” had made SU abandon Russian aircrafts and gave me her email address promising that the next time I am in Russia, she would personally create an itinerary with which I can fly on all Russian aircrafts! WOW! WOW! WOW!

- How cool, follow up on that if you get a chance.

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineKiramakora From Argentina, joined Aug 2006, 547 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 8 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Excellent TR. Food looks great. Trust me, SVO/2 is a dump. Getting to SVO/2 is "dumper".

User currently offlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3284 posts, RR: 44
Reply 3, posted (6 years 8 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Ok Alex...

Enough is enough.

Stop making everybody else look bad! Some people, like me, put a lot of work into our trip reports, and then we've got to read one of these and feel awful about ourselves.  Smile

I am submitting a request that everyone has to write trip reports this well before they can be posted. Not sure who to go to, but I'll figure that out.  Wink

Your reports are SOOOOO much fun to read. Every aspect of the flight is covered, and while your 'grading' system is a bit intimidating, it's really very effective. I'm just disgusted you don't weight things differently. Slacker.  biggrin   Wink

Hehe.

Fantastic report, as always. A true joy to read. I always get really excited when I see a new one of yours posted. Pictures are amazing as ever, and it's really interesting to read about airlines you (read: I) don't hear about or experience every day.

Keep it up, man!

Cheers,
Cameron


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6747 posts, RR: 77
Reply 4, posted (6 years 8 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Entertaining report with great pics!

Interesting to hear about the friendly crews - haven't read many positive comments about SU F/As.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineSR 103 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1740 posts, RR: 39
Reply 5, posted (6 years 8 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Excellent trip report once again.

I have been waiting to read an Aeroflot Business Class report such as this for quite some time. Glad to see you found Aeroflot to be such a great experience. I have been meaning to try them out but have been holding off till the new Terminal 3 is done at SVO. Looks like I have made the right decision. I am now more than ever convinced that Aeroflot is an airline I must try out.

Quoting Abrelosojos (Thread starter):
The IL 96 was not made in a world of IFEs. Aeroflot has come up with a good interim solution of DVD players filled with movies and music.

Actually Aeroflot offers the "Digi-player" on all aircraft including their 763's and 320 series aircraft. Alitalia also offers these on their 767's, this device is quite common these days.

Quoting Abrelosojos (Thread starter):
(That cheesy SU commercial)

To think I have actually seen that commercial on CNN!

Look forward to more great trip report from you.

SR 103


User currently offlineMilesDependent From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 856 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 8 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Really good report. I did a few SU domestic sectors in October and was also really impressed with the crew. Friendly, and very pretty ladies  Wink

User currently offlineKiramakora From Argentina, joined Aug 2006, 547 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 8 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hey, did they have extra amenities on SU?

[Edited 2007-12-23 08:25:53]

User currently offlineAbrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5088 posts, RR: 55
Reply 8, posted (6 years 8 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 1):
I have to say the food looked pretty decent indeed, would be interesting to see what got serve down back though.

= Mark, I was thinking just that. As I mentioned when at the check-in desk, I would not want to have transitted on Y.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 1):
- How cool, follow up on that if you get a chance.

= We are already in touch  Smile. However, I do not think something can happen until 2009. 2008 is DPRK and Iran.

Quoting Longhornmaniac (Reply 3):
Ok Alex...

Enough is enough.

Stop making everybody else look bad! Some people, like me, put a lot of work into our trip reports, and then we've got to read one of these and feel awful about ourselves.

I am submitting a request that everyone has to write trip reports this well before they can be posted. Not sure who to go to, but I'll figure that out.

Your reports are SOOOOO much fun to read. Every aspect of the flight is covered, and while your 'grading' system is a bit intimidating, it's really very effective. I'm just disgusted you don't weight things differently. Slacker.

Hehe.

Fantastic report, as always. A true joy to read. I always get really excited when I see a new one of yours posted. Pictures are amazing as ever, and it's really interesting to read about airlines you (read: I) don't hear about or experience every day.

Keep it up, man!

Cheers,
Cameron

= Cameron, you make me blush. Thanks for your kind words. I have debated on a weighted system for a while. However, I have no idea what the weights would be. Suggestions?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
Interesting to hear about the friendly crews - haven't read many positive comments about SU F/As.

= Yup. And the best part is that both new girls (Y) and the older woman (J) were nice in different ways. I feel SU is like AI. Treat the older FAs well and they will take super good care of you.

Quoting SR 103 (Reply 5):
Looks like I have made the right decision. I am now more than ever convinced that Aeroflot is an airline I must try out.

= You must. And then being one of the best A.Net TR writers, log a report for all our viewing pleasure.

Quoting SR 103 (Reply 5):
Quoting Abrelosojos (Thread starter):
The IL 96 was not made in a world of IFEs. Aeroflot has come up with a good interim solution of DVD players filled with movies and music.

Actually Aeroflot offers the "Digi-player" on all aircraft including their 763's and 320 series aircraft. Alitalia also offers these on their 767's, this device is quite common these days.

= Ya. I know this. I was just referring to only this flight. However, in my experience, getting a digiplayer on a 320 SU leg depends on the destination.

Quoting SR 103 (Reply 5):
To think I have actually seen that commercial on CNN!

= Are you serious? That is an entirely long commercial for TV. They must spend a fortune. I had seen it posted on A.Net before I think.

Quoting MilesDependent (Reply 6):
Really good report. I did a few SU domestic sectors in October and was also really impressed with the crew. Friendly, and very pretty ladies

= I REALLY wanna go Russian domestic on SU and others. Any suggestions for destinations?

Quoting Kiramakora (Reply 7):
Hey, did they have extra amenities on SU?

= You are never using my laptop again  Smile. No extra amenities.

Cheers and thanks everyone,
A.



Live, and let live.
User currently offlineLO231 From Belgium, joined Sep 2004, 2392 posts, RR: 23
Reply 9, posted (6 years 8 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Excellent trip report!

I was thinking of going to Russia in August 2008 and I've learned from this report:

A/ I should fly into DME if possible
B/ I should definitely use SU on domestic flights to get TU3 and TU5, I think it's the only types between MOW and LED, I need to hurry as some flights are already operated by 737 or Airbus...

Thanks a lot for sharing with us!

Regards,
LO231



Got both LO 788 frames already, next LO E95 and 734 BRU-WAW-BRU
User currently offlineAbrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5088 posts, RR: 55
Reply 10, posted (6 years 8 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting LO231 (Reply 9):
Excellent trip report!

I was thinking of going to Russia in August 2008 and I've learned from this report:

A/ I should fly into DME if possible
B/ I should definitely use SU on domestic flights to get TU3 and TU5, I think it's the only types between MOW and LED, I need to hurry as some flights are already operated by 737 or Airbus...

Thanks a lot for sharing with us!

Regards,
LO231

= ... I am super disappointed with you. You forgot lesson "C".

C/ I should write a report on A.Net.  Smile.

Cheers,
A.



Live, and let live.
User currently offlineMilesaddict From Singapore, joined Dec 2007, 100 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 8 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Im very glad, I booked a LAX-SVO-BOM on SU in business class, it seems worthwhile...

tks for all ur TR's


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26905 posts, RR: 58
Reply 12, posted (6 years 8 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Nice TR . It brings back memories of my flight on the same route although back then the cabin interior was different and more USSR looking. In C class we didnt have the PTV's units though. My mate said that the plane was built like a tank and made to last. I thought it was a fantastic A/C and cant wait til I fly on a IL widebody again. I see SVO still has the copper ''cake tin'' ceiling as my mate put it !!!

Well done

OA260


User currently offlinePowercube From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 265 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (6 years 8 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Fantastic TR. I'd love to try SU before they run out of Russian-made aircraft to fly on, but I don't think I'll be able to get that way until it's too late. Thank you for the photos such that I can somewhat live vicariously through you.

User currently offlineSR 103 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1740 posts, RR: 39
Reply 14, posted (6 years 8 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting Abrelosojos (Reply 8):
You must. And then being one of the best A.Net TR writers, log a report for all our viewing pleasure

You can count on it!

Quoting Abrelosojos (Reply 8):
Are you serious? That is an entirely long commercial for TV. They must spend a fortune. I had seen it posted on A.Net before I think.

Actually they have a 30 second version of the long two minute one. I was equally surprised when I saw it in the US of all places.

SR 103


User currently offlineAg92 From India, joined Jul 2006, 1317 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (6 years 8 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting Abrelosojos (Thread starter):
As usual, all long haul flights were on Business or First Class

What do you work as? Hopefully its not wrong to ask, if it is than I apologize

Quoting Abrelosojos (Thread starter):
(My choice)

Plastic plates in a lounge? Quite cheap.

Another amazing trip report

Ag92


User currently offlineLO231 From Belgium, joined Sep 2004, 2392 posts, RR: 23
Reply 16, posted (6 years 8 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting Abrelosojos (Reply 10):
= ... I am super disappointed with you. You forgot lesson "C".

C/ I should write a report on A.Net. .

Sorry, I'll do better.  Sad

And I should write a report. And I will, I promise.

Regards,
LO231



Got both LO 788 frames already, next LO E95 and 734 BRU-WAW-BRU
User currently onlineN178UA From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1676 posts, RR: 65
Reply 17, posted (6 years 8 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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Nice interesting report as usual. Thanks for sharing with us !

Quoting Abrelosojos (Thread starter):
I fly enough, and I can tell you that both take-off and landing was scary. The ENTIRE aircraft rattled and shook violently during both times. It might have been my imagination, but I felt the IL9 is far above ground than its cohorts. I taped a video – my first on a TR to demonstrate how intense the take off vibrations and roll were. Landing was the same way. The entire aircraft shook and rattled and made loud noises. An experience nevertheless.

Hi, have you flown on a ILW ? IL9 is much quieter and have MUCH less vibration than ILW. Wait till you try a 0400 departure out of Siberia in fall , it rocks every thing !

Can you also post rego for this flight, the IL9 i flown have no leather seat in the back. (RA-96011) and Economy class pax can seat in former Business Class seats but ain't much different. The economy class catering were just average but I saw good meal photos from J class as well. The only reason I didn't choose to fly SU J over Y is the lack of recline on the IL9 .

To Russia 2007! (IL9,Tu3,ILW,T20 + SQ/TG F) (by N178UA Sep 15 2007 in Trip Reports)



[Edited 2007-12-23 19:23:57]

User currently offlineAlaskaqantas From New Zealand, joined Dec 2005, 905 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (6 years 8 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

As always an amazing report with great pictures!!

Quoting Abrelosojos (Thread starter):
69 flights totalling 175,028 kms on 35 airlines, visiting 49 airports in 34 countries in all 6 continents.

That is just insane... My goal is to someday beat that.
~Cheers-
~~Kyle H.



to some people the sky is the limit, to aviation enthusiasts, its home!
User currently offlineKaran69 From India, joined Oct 2004, 2887 posts, RR: 18
Reply 19, posted (6 years 8 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Awesome report mate, so nice reading about your pleasurable experience that too from a severly stereotyped and underrated carrier.

Also thanks for giving us an insight about the changes at IGI, apart from the ones you metioned which were the other visible ones at the airport.

Karan


User currently offlineLY777 From France, joined Nov 2005, 2679 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (6 years 8 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Excellent and rare trip report! You've made a great job!

Concerning the a/c, the cabin looks just terrible; however, the food seems OK.



אמא, אני מתגעגע לך
User currently onlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17061 posts, RR: 10
Reply 21, posted (6 years 8 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Great TR,

The pics are really good.

The load is really light. Wonder how this route perform for SU???

So SU have improved their service. That is great




Thank you for sharing

B747forever



Work Hard, Fly Right
User currently offlineAbrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5088 posts, RR: 55
Reply 22, posted (6 years 8 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting Milesaddict (Reply 11):
Im very glad, I booked a LAX-SVO-BOM on SU in business class, it seems worthwhile...

= One thing though. I think SVO-BOM is operated by a 763. Check GDS. If you want the IL9, fly to DEL and then connect on one of the myraid Indian airlines plying DEL-BOM.

Quoting Milesaddict (Reply 11):
ks for all ur TR's

= You are welcome.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 12):
Nice TR . It brings back memories of my flight on the same route although back then the cabin interior was different and more USSR looking. In C class we didnt have the PTV's units though. My mate said that the plane was built like a tank and made to last. I thought it was a fantastic A/C and cant wait til I fly on a IL widebody again. I see SVO still has the copper ''cake tin'' ceiling as my mate put it !!!

= Haha. Did you see the very "USSR looking" transfer desk sign? The plane definitely is built like a tank ... and it really is a fantastic aircraft.

Quoting Powercube (Reply 13):
Fantastic TR. I'd love to try SU before they run out of Russian-made aircraft to fly on, but I don't think I'll be able to get that way until it's too late. Thank you for the photos such that I can somewhat live vicariously through you.

= If you wanna do something, you'll be able to  Smile. Besides, I think these "tanks" are goin gto be around for a while. Perhaps not on international segments, but definitely on flights to say Kharbovsk.

Quoting Ag92 (Reply 15):
Quoting Abrelosojos (Thread starter):
As usual, all long haul flights were on Business or First Class

What do you work as? Hopefully its not wrong to ask, if it is than I apologize

= Let's put it this way. I work for a management consulting firm in their airline/airport consulting practise. I will give you a hint ... it helped destroy a great airline  Smile. And, I NEVER write TR's during work trips because a/I am busy, b/ I fly the same airlines in J or F EVERY time ... and they are usual generic ones.

Quoting LO231 (Reply 16):
And I should write a report. And I will, I promise.

= Good.

Quoting N178UA (Reply 17):
Hi, have you flown on a ILW ? IL9 is much quieter and have MUCH less vibration than ILW. Wait till you try a 0400 departure out of Siberia in fall , it rocks every thing !

= I flew the ILW a LONG LONG time back. I remember it to vibrate a lot as well - but not having them side by side in recent memory doesn't help my case. HOWEVER, I think I will be doing a SIberian flight soon. You have inspired me.

Quoting N178UA (Reply 17):
Can you also post rego for this flight, the IL9 i flown have no leather seat in the back. (RA-96011) and Economy class pax can seat in former Business Class seats but ain't much different. The economy class catering were just average but I saw good meal photos from J class as well. The only reason I didn't choose to fly SU J over Y is the lack of recline on the IL9 .

= Legroom was way below industry average. Recline ... well, did you try to hold down the seat assisted by 2 other FA's? Its average, but you'd be surprised how far it goes once molested  Smile. I lost the piece of info on the reg. So sorry.

Quoting N178UA (Reply 17):
To Russia 2007! (IL9,Tu3,ILW,T20 + SQ/TG F) (by N178UA Sep 15 2007 in Trip Reports)

= JAJAJAJAJAJA. I pulled out your TR and was like ... WTF ... but then I realized that the first pictures were from your SQ segments, and not your Siberian flight. LOL.

Quoting Karan69 (Reply 19):
Also thanks for giving us an insight about the changes at IGI, apart from the ones you metioned which were the other visible ones at the airport.

= Things I liked off the top of my head ... great immigration, newer (AND EXPENSIVE) duty-free options, bathroom with showers, shuttle between terminals works like clockwork, Terminal 1C is great.

Quoting LY777 (Reply 20):
Concerning the a/c, the cabin looks just terrible;

= Really? I thought it was great.

Quoting B747forever (Reply 21):
The load is really light.

= Indeed. It was weird. I think me saying 20% Y load is being super liberal.

Cheers,
A.



Live, and let live.
User currently onlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17061 posts, RR: 10
Reply 23, posted (6 years 8 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting Abrelosojos (Reply 22):
= Indeed. It was weird. I think me saying 20% Y load is being super liberal.

Maybe the reason is the time of the year.



Work Hard, Fly Right
User currently offlineCybergus From Venezuela, joined Mar 2006, 508 posts, RR: 9
Reply 24, posted (6 years 8 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Man awesome Trip Report. Aeroflot seems a very high standard airline. I would love to fly on those Russian beauties in the future, they are such an awesome machines.

Nice job man all your T.R are very impressive, keep posting them

Saludos

Gustavo



LAN Excellence in Flight
25 Aleksandar : A very interesting TR. I really enjoyed in your precise way of showing us everything and nothing was missing. Aeroflot seems like one of the most inte
26 Post contains images OHLHD : Very interesting report! I am looking myself to fly on a Il-96 ( more I would like to go on the Il-86) but I have taken it as an option to go to BKK i
27 Post contains images Mk777 : Very nice TR. Once SVO 3 opens up..i will give SU a try. Are they going to increase the # of flights to IAD? The food looks sumptious. Nice to see OS
28 Post contains images Abrelosojos : = LOL. Anytime. What is with you Finns and BKK? . LOL. = I LOVE BEG. = Talvez, we will see them here at CCS. Esperamos. Cheers, A.
29 RICARIZA : It cant get any better than this, great TR... what a great experience... uff!!
30 SOUTHAMERICA : You are setting a whole new standard in trip repot writing and design. Very nice. SA.
31 Post contains images OHLHD : I am on the way to Vietnam and Cambodia with my girlfriend and I hope NOT to meet many of my fellow finns.... especially those who can't behave and d
32 CO7e7 : Alex, thank you for another EXCLLENT report. A+++++ as usual... keep em coming.
33 Post contains images Andaman : Thanks for the report, great pics, always interesting the hear SU reports. BKK is a desease and the cure, we deed sun therapy! I will be there later t
34 Post contains images Aleksandar : I'm really glad to hear that When were you here?
35 LO231 : They use it to WAW too, which makes me wonder if I should fly LO and then on a codeshare to SVO by SU, would get me Miles and More miles.... Regards,
36 NG1Fan : Excellent TR. I used to live in Moscow for nine long years and SVO was my 'home' airport. Some of the cake tins have disappeared, esp downstairs in lu
37 Post contains images Abrelosojos : = Muchas gracias compadres. = Haha. A very close friend of mine is Finn and now lives in (DRUM ROLL AND SURPRISE) ... Bangkok. And he says the exact
38 Post contains images Andaman : Yes been around Thailand and will arrive BKK from Phuket this time Yes the Thai beaches are great but can't take them too long, especially when trave
39 Post contains images LO231 : I can't. Love the LH online shop, I just buy myself gifts with miles, for all the rest, they're pretty useless... Regards, LO231
40 Post contains images Abrelosojos : = LOL. Well, I suggest diversifying ... next time, you can buy a gift for me . Cheers, A.
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