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User currently offlineSevernaya From Russia, joined Jan 2009, 1390 posts, RR: 1
Posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 12636 times:


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Background
For holiday this summer we booked tickets on the Trans Mongolian Express Train from Moscow through the Ural Mountains and Siberia to Ulan Bator, the capital of Mongolia. We would stay a few days in Mongolia and then we’ll take the train again to Beijing. However, being based in AMS and with family in St. Petersburg, Russia, the route Amsterdam-Moscow was slightly altered to Amsterdam-St. Petersburg-Moscow.

Reservation
Both KLM and Rossiya (FV) fly non-stop on the AMS-LED (St. Petersburg) route, with FV being always cheapest and actually having better departure times ex Amsterdam. Also KLM one-way fares are very expensive (in the range of 1000 euros) so KLM wasn’t really an option.

This time I didn’t need to be only in St. Petersburg but as indicated I needed to connect to one of the Moscow Airports.

To find out the best connections I visited the website of Rossiya and found out that FV-flight AMS-LED arrives at 14:50. Connection time between international and domestic flights has to be at least 2 hours in my opinion (I don’t know what’s the published minimal connecting time) as you need to change terminals and passport control can take really long if you’re unlucky.

I was offered on their website a departure from LED at 17:15 to Moscow Domodedovo which was fine with me as that would give me about 2 and half hour to connect.

Total fare was 6750 Rubbles or EUR 172 which is a good fare in my opinion for this itinerary.

Airline
Rossiya was established in 2006 as a merger between Pulkovo Aviation Enterprise (the old Leningrad Aeroflot division) and the governmental aircraft division Rossiya.

The fleet of the civil branch of Rossiya consists of Airbus A319 (9), A320 (6), Boeing 737-500 (5), 763ER (3) and the new Antonov-148-100 (5)

Rossiya is based at St Petersburg Pulkovo airport and flies to destinations around Europe, the Middle-East, Asia, and charter destinations to North-Africa. They do not offer many connections and in fact only offer connections since very recently as it’s inconvenient due to that the two-terminals (domesic/international) are physically located about 3 kms from each other. The new Pulkovo airport is currently being built and that would take away these kinds of hassles.

Departure Airport Amsterdam
I took the train to the airport at about 6:30 in the morning and arrived at Schiphol airport around 7:30.

Check-in for Rossiya flights at AMS is done in Departure Terminal-3 at desks 29, the very same one as Continental is using. Long queues were at the DEN and EWR flights so that was a pity, however I found out that desk 29 is not like 1 or 2 desks but fortunately it had 2 separate desks for LED bound flights.

Check-in & passport control
Rossiya does not yet offer online check-in for departure in AMS. For flights departing St. Petersburg, Moscow and Yekaterinburg they however do. There was only an Italian couple standing before me in the queue so waiting time was only a few minutes. I handed my e-ticket to the girl at the desk and put my small suitcase on the belt. The kind girl was checking my ticket and asked me where I was going. I found that rather strange as my ticket clearly states Moscow DME. Then she didn’t understand that (perhaps because it’s illogical to fly AMS-LED-DME) and called her station manager.

After a minute or so she was checking me in to LED and I had to pick up my suitcase in LED because I would clear customs in LED. As there was nobody in the queue behind me I decided to test her knowledge of Rossiya and asked where I should go in LED once I had received my suitcase and she didn’t know, she only told that I had to proceed to check-in in the same building. When I told her that domestic flights leave from another Terminal (3 kms away) she said sorry and didn’t know that. She directed me to her station manager that was about 100 meters away and I could ask questions to her.

Personally I find this kind of strange that people working at the check-in for an airline do not know about their base airport. Don’t they get some kind of training for this? I mean, I’m perfectly able to connect myself in LED as I have family and friends living there, but what about people that don’t know all this stuff? I thanked the girl for her kindness and walked to the passport control. There were only two persons in front of me at the passport control and once it was my turn it took literally ten seconds.

The assigned gate for today’s flight was D24, next to the Georgian Airways Boeing 737-500 flight to Tbilisi. I decided to kill the time by sitting in one of the airports coffee corners and observed aircraft movements and checked some emails on my phone.

Boarding
Boarding time was indicated on my boarding pass starting at 9:30, so at about 9:00 I was heading to the gate which is located almost on the far end of the D-pier.

Boarding Pass

Security control for extra-Schengen flights takes at AMS place at the gate and there was already a long queue queuing up. I never understand people lining up in long queues whereas chairs are widely available. I sat down for about 15 minutes and when the queue had almost vanished I went through security, boarding almost immediately started. There was no boarding by row-number or business first.


Since 05-05-2009 in operation at Rossiya

Flight Information
Flight number: FV 278
Route: Amsterdam, Schiphol Airport, the Netherlands - Saint Petersburg, Pulkovo Airport, Russia
Date: 26 july 2010
Scheduled Departure: 10:00
Actual Departure: 10:10
Scheduled Arrival: 14:50
Actual Arrival: 14:50
Aircraft-registration: VQ-BAT
Aircraft-type: Airbus A319-100
Aircraft-history: First flight: 26-11-2002, previous airlines: Frontier (N916FR | 2002-2009)
Load Factor: ~90%

In-Flight
Boarding went rather fast even though there wasn’t boarding by row-number, I took my place and after 10 minutes or so the ‘boarding complete’ notification was there and the captain notified the pax of a small air traffic control delay, however we still got pushback only a few minutes after scheduled departure time.

Departure was at runway 36L, also known as the Polderbaan, so it took about 10 minutes to taxi to the runway and takeoff clearance was immediately given.

At 10:20 landing gear was retracted, initial climb after departure was uneventful however after about 10 minutes we hit some serious turbulence for about 5 minutes. After about 20 minutes we were above the clouds and fasten-seatbelt signs were switched off.

The inflight magazine of Rossiya is very limited with English articles; I think there were only 5 or so articles in English. There were quite some interesting articles in Russian; one was about the development of the new airport that will facilitate better transfer possibilities.

Food and drinks were done (sorry no pictures as I actually didn’t plan a TR) after about 45 minutes in flight. Service was good; nothing particular to say about, the usual Y-class food (salad, pasta and some yoghurt with chocolate and a chocolate bar) and I took some cokes with it.


Refresher bags and a candy

The flight was departing Holland in the far North East, via Germany towards Sweden. Via Karlskrona and the Gulf of Riga we entered Estonian Airspace from where it was only a short flight time left in Russian Airspace over the southern coast of the Gulf of Finland and approaching Pulkovo airport via the suburbs of Lomonosov, Petrodvorets (with its beautiful Peterhof) and Strel’na (location of the G8 summit in 2006).


Southern District of the city


Southern District of the city

Landing was on runway 10R at about 14:50 local time with a taxi ride towards Terminal-2 adding some time. When landing on runway 10R you’re passing first the domestic terminal where some new Antonov-148-100Bs were parked.


Domestic Terminal with 2 An-148-100Bs

At the apron of Terminal-2 (International) was a nice Antonov 124-100 parked, it had arrived from Seoul Incheon. I have no actual idea why it was there. Although it bears a civil registration the Ruslan belongs to the Russian Air Force (224 Flight Unit).


An-124, arrived from ICN after a long flight


What a beast, isn't she?

Also passing the Rossiya Technical Base with a single Rossiya Boeing 737-500 parked in front.


Rossiya Technical Base

We got assigned a bus gate, as usual almost in LED, but I never mind that as that gives a nice opportunity to have a good look around the airport. When I stepped out of the plane the warmth really slammed my face as it was about 35 degrees Celsius, whereas at AMS departure it was only about 15 degrees. Cold Russia huh! It was this summer the warmest summer in Western Russia in more than 100 years.

Post-flight
The bus ride to the Terminal was short & good and passport control sometimes can be really lengthy, however this time I was at ‘my booth’ the second in the queue and most booths were opened. Luggage was on the belt after about 5 minutes, really fast for Russian standards I have to say as it took perhaps 15 minutes from plane to the luggage belt. Customs was a breeze as well as they didn’t mind me.

Transfer
I had asked already by phone if my fiancé could pick me up from one terminal to the other as the transfer at Pulkovo airport is rather specific. You’re able to go to the transfer desk with your luggage and then they’ll transport you for free to the other Terminal, however there needs to drive a small van for you so they’ll usually wait until they have some people so to drive them together to the other terminal. I didn’t see the sense of this so my fiancé was waiting for me and we drove to the other terminal together.


The international terminal Pulkovo-2

Departure Airport St Petersburg Pulkovo, domestic Terminal
As it was about 2 hours until our flight would depart we decided to check in our luggage already for the flight but not to go through the security check.


Flight Information Display for the Saint-Petersburg – Moscow flights of Aeroflot & Rossiya, today were 24 LED-SVO, 17 LED-DME, 7 LED-VKO totalling 48 flights between Moscow and St. Petersburg


Really warm inside the airport

We opted for having a drink first in the departure area with a nice view onto the domestic Terminal apron where various aircraft were standing. An Aeroflot A321, an Ural A320, an Airlines of Kuban Yak-42 and the usual parked/stored aircraft.

45 Minutes before scheduled departure we went to the special Moscow dedicated area of Rossiya & Aeroflot (at the far right of the domestic terminal) where we passed security. Of course I took the famous homo-scan (see my earlier trip-report) and this time I was also chosen for a manual check as they saw that something weird was in my trousers (I guess it was my iPod together with my wallet that created some interest).

The two dedicated Aeroflot & Rossiya Moscow gates at LED are really horrible; there is one small kiosk where you can buy some drinks and a few newspapers/magazines but it’s extremely hot in summer there.

Fortunately boarding was announced within 10/15 minutes and we were bussed to the aircraft. The bus brought us via some adventurous route to our aircraft, and unfortunately it was again VQ-BAT, the very same aircraft I just had flown with from Amsterdam. Anyway, as I had flown already in various FV A319s I didn’t mind too much as they’re all the same   However it was a small pity.

Boarding
Boarding took some time as there was a huge group of tourists from Macau and HK boarding that wanted to sit together but didn’t have seats together, so that created small fuzz. Outsides it was hot as I indicated so a guy of around 25 took a bottle of beer with him on-board (in his small suitcase) and drunk it before departure. Safety instructions were done quickly and departure was exactly on schedule.


View from seat


The guy was really thirsty I guess

Flight Information
Flight number: FV 183
Route: Saint Petersburg, Pulkovo Airport, Russia – Moscow Domodedovo, Russia
Date: 26 July 2010
Scheduled Departure: 17:10
Actual Departure: 17:10
Scheduled Arrival: 18:40
Actual Arrival: 18:55
Aircraft-registration: VQ-BAT
Aircraft-type: Airbus A319-100
Aircraft-history: First flight: 26-11-2002, previous airlines: Frontier (N916FR | 2002-2009)
Load Factor: ~95%


Boarding-pass piece

In-flight
The captain announced strong headwinds so the flying time for today would be around 1 hour and 15 minutes. There were two aircraft in front of our Airbus A319 taking off, first a BA Airbus A320 bound for LHR and right before us a SK 736 (bound for, I think, Stockholm). Our departure and climb were uneventful and seat belt sign was switched off about 15 minutes in flight.

We were offered coffee or tea, sodas and a roll of bread together with some chocolate bar, exactly enough for such a short hop between the Cultural Capital of Russia and the Political Capital of Russia. Flight attendants (2 women & 2 men) were correct & professional. The captain had a short announcement about 20 minutes before landing with some information about the weather and such.

Landing at Moscow Domodedovo runway 32R was uneventful with some serious braking right before exiting the runway. Taxiing to the assigned gate was rather quick, behind a Transaero Boeing 777-200 and amidst many parked S7 Airbus A320s.


EI-UNW, Transaero Boeing 777-200ER arriving from the Far-East city of Vladivostok


Parked Yak-42s of MChS Rossii, the Ministry of Emergency Situations


A bit closer, couldn’t figure really out what the airline behind the MChS ones is


VQ-BAT resting after her flight through the warm and humid air

Post-flight
Disembarking at Moscow Domodedovo went quick and after a short walk we were waiting a short time for our suitcases. It’s really odd always that when you leave DME you’re supposed to show your luggage-tag to a security guard to prevent you from taking away someone else’s luggage. Very good! At no airport I’ve seen this ever except at DME.


Display at the baggage-belt


Domodedovo airport building


Domodedovo on a warm summer evening

Overall Impression
I think that Rossiya offers a good Y-class product for a very affordable price. Seat-pitch could be a little bit better, but that’s reality these days in the business. Food & Beverages still are for free and of relatively good quality and of sufficient quantity. Connecting between international & domestic flights in the current Pulkovo airport should be done only by ‘pro-travellers’ and the staff at AMS could be more informative.

Scores

Preflight: 6.3/10
Booking: 7/10 (website works well but could be more informative, payment & confirmation done directly)
Check-in: 6/10 (No OLCI, no long queues, could be more informative about transfer)
Boarding: 6/10 Disorganised, but rather fast

Connecting: 2/10 Existing, but not really comfortable between International & Domestic Flights.

In-Flight: 6/10
Beverages & food: 7/10 Normal, sufficient quality & quantity
Staff: 7/10 Kind, nothing particular
In-Flight Entertainment: 3/10 Interesting (Russian) Magazine
Seat: 5/10 Old seats, tight pitch

Post-Flight: 8/10
Disembarking: 7/10 Good, fast enough.
Luggage on belt: 9/10 immediately after passport control in LED, after few minutes in DME
Delay: 8/10 15 minutes, however baggage was fast

Total: 6.2

Thanks for reading and feedback is very much appreciated


Other trip reports of me
2009-12-26 The Russian Shuttle Route, Saint Petersburg – Moscow Sheremetyevo



[Edited 2010-09-03 08:45:39]


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User currently offlinePalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1194 posts, RR: 17
Reply 1, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 12093 times:

thanks for your report and pics. amazing that it has been so hot in Russia this summer. I would be interested to hear about the rail journey you planned to do - do you have any pics from the journey?

Re the checking of luggage tags - they do this at almost every airport in Japan as well. When I was there in 2007, they wanted also to rip the luggage tag and take it away after they had checked it and I had a friendly fight with one nice lady in Osaka - as I wanted to keep the tag as a souvenir of my first domestic flight in Japan !!!!



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User currently offlineSevernaya From Russia, joined Jan 2009, 1390 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 11210 times:

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 1):
thanks for your report and pics.

Hi Palmjet, you're welcome.

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 1):
I would be interested to hear about the rail journey you planned to do - do you have any pics from the journey?

Yes we did it and it was superb, i'm planning to put them on my personal website as that's not aviation related, but that will take some time. I'll send you a PM in some time.

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 1):
Re the checking of luggage tags - they do this at almost every airport in Japan as well.

Thanks, I didn't know that, never been in Japan  



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User currently offlinePalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1194 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 11184 times:

ok cool - i would love to see some pics of the railway journey too - it's something i've always wanted to do. thanks again. p/jet


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User currently offlineoa260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26508 posts, RR: 58
Reply 4, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 10832 times:

Nice pictures on a rarely reported airline. That train trip sounds amazing would like to see some photos also.


OA260



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User currently offlineCrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1801 posts, RR: 42
Reply 5, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 10532 times:
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Hi Severnaya, thanks for sharing!

Quoting Severnaya (Thread starter):
Also KLM one-way fares are very expensive (in the range of 1000 euros) so KLM wasn’t really an option.

No surprise there!

I never knew FV had 767s, very interesting! DME looks very nice. I guess I should really go to Russia sometime. I had something great planned this spring but unfortunately I wasn't able to get the days off work..

Regards, Martijn



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User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1669 posts, RR: 31
Reply 6, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 10232 times:

Your unknown YAK-42 is operated by Izhavia:

http://www.airliners.net/photo/Izhav...d=0d0a2f43c6f729f23617b68aeff9ad84

Nice TR; good to see you've enjoyed your FR flights and love your pictures too !!!

Thanks for sharing !



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User currently offlineSevernaya From Russia, joined Jan 2009, 1390 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 10023 times:

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 3):
ok cool - i would love to see some pics of the railway journey too - it's something i've always wanted to do.

Yeah you definately have to go, it's really an adventure and no matter what time of the year you go, it's always special!

Quoting oa260 (Reply 4):
Nice pictures on a rarely reported airline.

Thanks!

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 5):
I never knew FV had 767s, very interesting!

Hi Martijn! Yeah they've some for their popular charter destinations such as AYT, SSH, BCN etc.

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 5):
DME looks very nice.

Yes, up to this year it was the best airport in Russia, however since the new/refurbished SVO terminal are getting finished SVO is definitely recommendable as well - just avoid Terminal-F (the old Terminal-2).

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 5):
I guess I should really go to Russia sometime.

You won't be disappointed.

Quoting MH017 (Reply 6):
Your unknown YAK-42 is operated by Izhavia:

Yes indeed, thanks!

Quoting MH017 (Reply 6):
Nice TR; good to see you've enjoyed your FR flights and love your pictures too !!!

Thanks for sharing !

I'm glad you like the TR & photos. IATA code of Rossiya is FV   FR is Ryanair.



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User currently offlineContact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 14
Reply 8, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 9870 times:

Hi Severnaya,

Great report and pictures of an airline that isn't covered too often here, very interesting! Good to hear that your overall impression of Rossiya was good.

Quoting Severnaya (Thread starter):
It’s really odd always that when you leave DME you’re supposed to show your luggage-tag to a security guard to prevent you from taking away someone else’s luggage. Very good! At no airport I’ve seen this ever except at DME.

I have also wondered about that. Practically everybody could take any piece of luggage. So I also find it a good thing if someone checks it. I also haven't seen this anywhere yet (no, I have never been to DME).

Regards
Christoph


User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1424 posts, RR: 33
Reply 9, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 9635 times:

Hi Severnaya,

Always great to read about an airline not covered too frequently here on airliners. Hope you had a memorable trip on the Trans Mongolian Express

Quoting Severnaya (Thread starter):
Personally I find this kind of strange that people working at the check-in for an airline do not know about their base airport.

I don't know the check-in system at AMS but if they staff are employed by a large handling agent (like Swissport) then they could be checking in passengers for many different airlines, so I guess it's possible they don't know the ins and outs of a given airport.

Quoting Severnaya (Thread starter):
you’re supposed to show your luggage-tag to a security guard to prevent you from taking away someone else’s luggage. Very good! At no airport I’ve seen this ever except at DME.

Great idea. They could do with this at Zurich. A few years ago a supermarket had an offer on Kappa suitcases where you collected tokens and got them at a knocked-down price. Well, so many people took advantage of this that now you'll see dozens of these brown cases whizzing round on the luggage belt and people keep taking the wrong ones!

Happy flying
Infodesk



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User currently offlinemxp From Italy, joined Aug 2003, 422 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 9473 times:

Hi Severnaya
great TR. And beautiful AN-148 shots
I will take next them next week as im leaving saturday to Russia until 17.
I will also pass trough LED on a day trip from Moscow and im glad u said that u can still watch aircraft from national Terminal as i want to do some spotting
Alberto


User currently offlineSevernaya From Russia, joined Jan 2009, 1390 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 9353 times:

Thanks for the feedback, really appreciated!

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 8):
Great report and pictures of an airline that isn't covered too often here, very interesting!

Thanks Christophe!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 9):
Always great to read about an airline not covered too frequently here on airliners. Hope you had a memorable trip on the Trans Mongolian Express

Hello Infodesk, I definitely had a great journey across Russia Mongolia and China.  
I'll add some pictures of the train-trip in the next TR (from PEK to SVO in Y and SVO-AMS in J with Aeroflot).
I hope i'll be able to finish it this weekend.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 9):
I don't know the check-in system at AMS but if they staff are employed by a large handling agent (like Swissport) then they could be checking in passengers for many different airlines, so I guess it's possible they don't know the ins and outs of a given airport.

Yeah i guess they use one of the handling agents, but even then some essential information should be given IMHO.  
Quoting mxp (Reply 10):
great TR. And beautiful AN-148 shots

Hi Alberto, thanks!

Quoting mxp (Reply 10):
I will take next them next week as im leaving saturday to Russia until 17.

Hmm, interesting, i'm curious which flights did you decide to take after all? Were you able to book the Atlant-Soyuz ILW?
Did you double check if you'll really get the An-148 as FV sent 2 back last week to the manufacturer due to some modifications?

Quoting mxp (Reply 10):
I will also pass trough LED on a day trip from Moscow and im glad u said that u can still watch aircraft from national Terminal as i want to do some spotting

Will you be making a TR? To go to a good spotting location go inside the domestic terminal (Pulkovo-1) completely to the left to the bar/restaurant located on the departure level (level 2). There you actually have quite a good view over the apron, not so much over the runways.
If you have any more questions than those ones in the PM just contact me.



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User currently offlineLuftfahrer From Germany, joined Mar 2009, 1000 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 9213 times:

Hi there, interesting report abou Rossiya. They seem pretty decent.

Quoting Severnaya (Thread starter):
Also KLM one-way fares are very expensive (in the range of 1000 euros)

The clue is the one-way ticket. Some airlines generally charge more for a OW trip than for a RT ticket. It's against common sense, but they aim at business travelers. Did you check the price for a roundtrip?

Quoting Severnaya (Thread starter):
Personally I find this kind of strange that people working at the check-in for an airline do not know about their base airport.

It is, I can tell you stories from CDG...

Quoting Severnaya (Thread starter):
Really warm inside the airport

Ouch. I suppose there was no air conditioning at all?

Thanks for sharing!



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User currently offlineSevernaya From Russia, joined Jan 2009, 1390 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 8883 times:

Hi Marius,

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 12):
Hi there, interesting report abou Rossiya.

Glad you liked it!

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 12):
The clue is the one-way ticket. Some airlines generally charge more for a OW trip than for a RT ticket. It's against common sense, but they aim at business travelers. Did you check the price for a roundtrip?

Yeah I know that some airlines charge ridiculous prices for o/w tickets, but I just wanted to check it out once again. (I seem to have read a loooong time ago that they would abandon it - apparently not more than a rumour). I also checked a round trip - without using the way back - but that was in the order of 350 euros. The case was just that I didn't need to fly back from anywhere there  
Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 12):
I suppose there was no air conditioning at all?

It depends a bit where in the airport you are, there are a few spots that have some kind of cooling, but most part of the airport does not have any air conditioning at all.



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User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5014 posts, RR: 55
Reply 14, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 8796 times:

Thanks for this. I have been curious about Rossiya's international offering for a while - this is very helpful. I am going on the trans-Siberian in 2 weeks - looking super forward to it!

Saludos,
A.



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User currently offlineglobalflyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 901 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 8769 times:

Excellent TR! Loved seeing those S7 aircraft in the background. One of my favourite liveries. Is Rossiya one of the carriers being absorbed by SU? I cannot remember off hand but if you great chance to see what they are like.

Cheers,
Liam



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User currently offlineLuftfahrer From Germany, joined Mar 2009, 1000 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 8530 times:

Quoting Severnaya (Reply 13):
The case was just that I didn't need to fly back from anywhere there

Book R/T and then don't show up for the return flight? If I needed to fly oneway and were given an extortionate fare, I'd probably do this. I guess the airlines are well aware of that and that's probably one of the reasons most of them oversell flights all the time.



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User currently offlineSevernaya From Russia, joined Jan 2009, 1390 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 8247 times:

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 14):
Thanks for this. I have been curious about Rossiya's international offering for a while - this is very helpful. I am going on the trans-Siberian in 2 weeks - looking super forward to it!

Hi Alex, you're welcome,
That's great you're going, which one exactly, just the original or do you take the BAM one? In any case, enjoy it, it's marvelous! I hope to finish my TR from the way back tomorrow and will include some train pics as well.

Quoting globalflyer (Reply 15):
Excellent TR! Loved seeing those S7 aircraft in the background. One of my favourite liveries. Is Rossiya one of the carriers being absorbed by SU? I cannot remember off hand but if you great chance to see what they are like.

Hi Liam, S7 paint-scheme is indeed marvelous! FV is indeed one of the 5, 6 airlines gonna be absorbed by SU, however as always in Russia it takes a long time and it'll probably turn out to be different than originally planned. Latest I've heard now is that these airlines will remain partly their own brand, like with Nordavia and Donavia. Perhaps we'll even see some Peteravia, Vostokavia and Orenavia  
Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 16):
Book R/T and then don't show up for the return flight? If I needed to fly oneway and were given an extortionate fare, I'd probably do this.

Very true, have done that before once, however now the one-way fare of Rossiya was for this particular trip much cheaper than a R/T with KLM.



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