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Yak-42D Saravia (Saratov Airlines): HAJ-RTW-DME  
User currently offlineLoran From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 530 posts, RR: 4
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Yak-42D Saravia (Saratov Airlines) - HAJ-RTW-DME



G’day everyone,

The time has come to write about a memorable flight on another famous Russian airliner, this time on Саравиа’s Yakovlev Yak-42D. I was glad to ride this beauty September 2010 during a visit to Russia, which besides others also included the Yak-40, Il-86 and Tu-134A.

I hope you enjoy reading this report, and I am looking forward to your feedback. Questions & comments are always welcome.



Background & Booking

The Yak-42 is still around in decent numbers and there are several operators, however although it is a recent built type, it is also disappearing fast. It was first entered service in 1980 and the most recent airframes are built somewhere around the year 2000. The Yak-42 was built 194 times, of which are still 96 in service according to the below webpage:

http://russianplanes.net/EN/REGISTR/Yakovlev/Yak-42

The Yak-42 was also the first Soviet airliner to use Turbofans, in this case three Lotarev D-36 motors.

I had once tried to fly on the Fars Air Yak-42 while I was in Iran with some fellow users to ride the Saha 707. A famous user on this page in Tehran has made all enquiries for us to catch a ride on it, but it turned out to operate charter services only so we were unsuccessful.

For the second attempt, a view into the airlineroutemapper tool is always a good starting point. Obviously one has to look east from Europe to catch the nearest Yak-42. As I upgrade the route database every month, this map does not entirely reflect the routes from mid-2010, but basically it looked like this one with two important differences (click to enlarge):

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In addition to the above routes, there were two long legs from Saratov / Сара́тов (RTW) going to Hanover (HAJ) and Frankfurt (FRA) in mid-2010, operated by Саравиа (SarAvia). Саравиа actually has a website in place, which confirmed a once-weekly service to HAJ (Wednesdays) and FRA (Sundays). The service was to be operated until the end of the summer schedule, advertised as 31.10.2010. As I had planned to squeeze another Russia trip to catch the other models mentioned above, this seemed to be a good opportunity not only for the network reason, but also Саравиа is an exclusive Yak-42 operator, eliminating the risk of our biggest enemy: equipment changes.

Generally I try to avoid going east of Moscow, but this seemed to be a good reason to give it a try. ALK (Avialini Kuban) at that time already took delivery of 733s, and Gazpromavia operates too many different types. In Ukraine, which has a long history of Yak-42 operations, most Yak-42s were already replaced by western models. Additionally, most of these airlines were difficult to book tickets on. Саравиа in contrast had contact details in place of a ticketing agent in HAJ, which I called first about three months before departure. The very friendly staff member confirmed the service, and also equipment type as ‘Yak-42D’. As he specifically mentioned the ‘D’ version, I trusted this is correct. Unfortunately I found out that the last service of the season was in the first week of September and not end of October as advertised. This meant I had to shift the whole trip forward by three weeks.

Obviously I had no intention to stay in RTW, so I looked for an onwards connection back to Moscow on the same day. Саравиа is the only operator in and out of RTW, so conveniently there was no alternative other than flying out on another Yak-42 service. Their schedule advertised several daily flights to DME, one in the late evening which would perfectly connect after my arrival from HAJ. The below schedule is the current winter schedule, so it doesn’t reflect the services in September 2010, but you can see a service to FRA and also the daily DME flights (click to enlarge):

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A second call to the ticketing agent in HAJ revealed about one month before departure that the late evening flight was cancelled on the dates I wanted to travel. I then came to the conclusion that there is no alternative to staying overnight in RTW, which wasn’t great but probably a worthwhile sacrifice to have two guaranteed flights on the Yak-42. The onwards connection to DME was at 6:40 am the next morning. There is also one daily service to VKO but later in the day. The fares weren’t cheap either, it was EUR 350 from HAJ to RTW, and another EUR 150 from RTW to DME. If I see it from the point of view that the flights are guaranteed on the Yak-42 and I possibly do not have to come back to Russia in case of an equipment change on other airlines, I thought it is justifiable to pay the amount. The tickets were mailed to me after I had made the payment. Love the old-school tickets (click to enlarge):

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The last missing piece was a hotel in RTW, which turned out to be a hassle. The regular booking pages returned no results whatsoever. I eventually found one in the city center on a strange local booking page which looked decent enough. All hotels in RTW seem to be called ‘Bogemia’, and there was lots of confusion until I figured out which hotel was where due to several incorrect map locations. RTW airport is surrounded by the city and it looked like it is a short taxi ride to the hotel.

To get to HAJ before the first Yak-42 flight, I added Swiss’ RJ-100 in the morning in addition to a couple of other interesting aircraft in Russia as follows:

LX814/01SEP WE ZRH/HAJ 0730/0855 RJ-100
6W2918/01SEP WE HAJ/RTW 1225/1840 Yak-42
6W760/02SEP TH RTW/DME 0640/0815 Yak-42
D216/03SEP FR VKO/CEE 0950/1055 Yak-40
D221/03SEP FR CEE/LED 1915/2025 Yak-40
UR529/04SEP SA LED-KGD 1330/1410 Tu-134A
UT390/04SEP SA KGD-VKO 1530/1805 737-500(WL)
7B205/05SEP SU VKO-SIP 1640/1740 Il-86
PS68/05SEP SU SIP-KBP 2125/2315 737-400
PS471/06SEP MO KBP-ZRH 0925/1115 737-300(WL)

As a side note, it is well worth checking their website www.saravia.ru . They seem to be stuck in the Soviet Union times if you look at the photos they advertise. If you go to ‘photo gallery’, you will find photos like the following one. I am not sure if photos such as this one would attract passengers to buy tickets on Саравиа (except me of course  Smile )

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[Photo from Saravia website]

Part 1: Yak-42D SarAvia, Hanover – Saratov (HAJ-RTW)

The trip started early Wed morning in ZRH onboard Swiss’ RJ-100 HB-IXV. Nothing special to report here except a few pictures I’d like to share. Boarding, line-up on Rwy 28, take-off with a great view of Zurich downtown.

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Here you can see Duebendorf Airport and Zurich Kloten Airport in one photo.

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En-route near Stuttgart Echterdingen Airport.

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And finally diving back into the dense clouds around Hannover.

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In HAJ I had some good three hours to kill, so I hang out in the check-in area. Once the counter opened, the check-in lady looked at me as if I was from another planet and said “to Saratov?” which I confirmed. She then repeated “to Saratov??” which I again confirmed. I admit I must have looked like I was going to go on the wrong flight.

I previously tried to figure out which seat is required to snatch a shot like the one I posted as a header. I guessed it must have been seat 19A, based on a seat map posted on Саравиа’s website and the below layout.



Hence I asked the counter staff for seat 19A, unsuccessfully unfortunately. She said the last available row is row 12, where I was left without choice so I took it.

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Later I placed myself in the area where technically I should be able to spot the plane upon arrival. I expected it not to use an air bridge but the remote ramp. And indeed an hour before departure I could see the Yak-42 arriving and parking away from the terminal.

The flight was called for boarding and again some people in the departure looked at me as if something was wrong me going on a flight to Сара́тов, a city they may have never heard of in their life before. Anyways, we boarded a bus which took us to the remote ramp and I was somehow not surprised to see that there were only 7 passengers (including me). Two members from the Russian flight crew were also on the bus, and again no surprise to see that they have spent some significant money for liquor in the duty free shops. The bus pulled up near the aircraft and we were to board the Yak-42 through the rear ramp.

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The aircraft was RA-42432, a recent 1994-built airframe. Looking at the database, this airframe is a regular visitor to HAJ since over a decade:


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There was lots of staff around the stairs, more than passengers. Once coming into the cabin, the flight attendant looked up my seat number and asked me to go to the front. I politely asked whether I could grab seat 19A instead, which she refused. I then made another attempt and said it is really important, and she then gave in. I am sure it is due to weight and balance and also to facilitate cabin service to keep the passengers within a few rows. I was happy to have seat 19A which I tested with this great view:

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After everyone had its seat, I realized that there was lots of discussions going on in the front of the cabin between several staff members in their high visibility vests. I could see one of them read ‘LBA Task Force’, which stands for ‘Luftfahrtbundesamt’, the German Civil Aviation Authority. They were obviously in the process of doing a ramp check for ship RA-42432. The discussion went on for a good 20 mins until eventually they all headed to the back of the cabin to de-board the aircraft. One of them smiled at me in a cheeky way and said ‘have a good flight’. It looked like there were some issues with its documents, at least they were looking at documents for the entire 20 mins. From this moment everything went fast, the engines were started up and pushback commenced, announcements were made in both German and Russian, and we headed towards the holding point of Rwy 27R.

Let’s have a look at the flight details of this great aircraft:

Yakovlev Yak-42D
Reg: RA-42432 (s/n 4520424410016), built by JSC Saratov Aviation Plant
Delivered to Саравиа 28/12/1994 as RA-42432
Routing: HAJ-RTW (6W2918)
Date: 01. September 2010
Time: 12:25 - 18:40, flying time 4:15h
Seat 19A
Load factor was exactly 7.5%  Smile .


http://russianplanes.net/EN/REGINFO/1107


Here is the link to the takeoff video. The Lotarev D-36 turbofans deliver a unique sound, especially on this seat.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4pYdZ5CjYE

As you can see take-off was fast due to the low take-off weight. The range of the Yak-42D is given as 4000km; my GPS logger logged the route as 2571km, so we were still away from max fuel. After take-off, RA-42432 turned right to establish an eastbound heading. I can’t exactly recall how long it took to reach initial cruise altitude, but it was fast.

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Still climbing fast towards the east:

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Once settled in the cabin, I began checking out the details and different views. It turned out to be difficult to snatch a good shot with such a contrast in light outside. Some areas of the photos either turned out too bright or too dark. The windows weren’t the cleanest either. Here we go anyways with THE famous Yak-42 engine view:

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Luckily there were numerous better light conditions later during the flight to catch the Lotarev D-36s in good light.

I then had a look around the cabin. Here are a couple of details:

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What I found interesting was the back of the fold-down tables was branded as ‘Саравиа’:

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Some west-bound Emirates 777-300 traffic, from memory over Poland. Unfortunately no contrails visible:

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The unique shape of the windows of the Yak-42:

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The seats in the Yak-42:

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The totally empty cabin seen from seat 19A:

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A meal was subsequently served, which was typical Russian and good enough. I had a similar type on my previous Il-86 flights:

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Due to extensive coffee consumption, I had to make my way to the lavatory in the rear near the bulkhead, where noise levels increased significantly. I am not into toilet photography, but here it is since it is an interesting aircraft:

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This is the rear bulkhead, with a small galley insert to the right and the lavatory to the left.

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And here is a clean cabin shot, displaying the probably worst ever load factor I have seen. So far the Biman DC-10-30 was leading my list of the most unprofitable routes (trip report linked at the end of this report):

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And a shot of the right wing with the registration visible:

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The cabin seen from a different angle with artificial and natural light:

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This shot proved that we were cruising at a lower altitude, not sure how much higher this long-hauler was, but it makes me feel we were cruising no higher than FL 300.

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Let’s have a look at the flight path and some statistics also to check out the cruising altitude. My GPS logger tagged the entire route, which looks like this on Google Maps:

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The maximum altitude (unfortunately recorded in the Metric system) was 9494m (which is about FL 300). The ground speed was also slower than I expected, hence it took 4:15h to cover 2571 km.

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The rest of the flight was rather uneventful and we subsequently commenced our descent. RA-42432 dove its nose down sharply to dump altitude and speed:

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In the distance I could make out Сара́тов and its airport at the centre right of the photo (click to enlarge):

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Landing configuration was set and I was to see the unique double-slotted flaps of the Yak-42:

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The surroundings somehow looked like most other Russian cities, comprising of a large power plant in the neighborhood of many Soviet style blocks. I also was impressed to see endless agricultural land around the city.

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Here is the approach path to Сара́тов’s Tsentralny Airport Rwy 12 seen on Google Earth:

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The crew flared excessively until we eventually touched after a good one third of Сара́тов’s Rwy 12. No reverser on the Yak-42, hence full brakes were applied. What I find interesting on Russian aircraft is that flight idle seems to be much higher than on western models. I first wondered about this on the Air Koryo Tu-134B which ran its engines at a high RPM even during flare, and the subsequent application of ground idle resulted in a huge rpm difference. I assume this has to do with the drag in landing configuration. I also find it impressive that even during a long flare, the crew seems exactly to know when the landing gear establishes contact with the Rwy, because exactly in the same second of touchdown, the engines are configured from flight to ground idle. Have a look yourself in this landing video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wleRRNS7Nw

Spoilers in action:

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And the subsequent U-turn at the end of Rwy 12. You can also make out the distinctive Yak-42 shape in this photo:

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Some details of the life underneath the spoilers:

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And finally some long sought for light conditions in the Lotarev turbofans:

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In the distance I could make out the RTW’s ramp with some interesting hardware:

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In the meantime some more Lotarev D-36 details:

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Once we arrived at the ramp, we turned left to taxi past this line-up:

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And here visible on the map:

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Let’s have a look at the Сара́тов residents, first this Mil Mi-8:

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RA-42329 engineless in storage:

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Not sure if this is a An-24 or -26:

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And eventually two company Yak-42s in interesting liveries:

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From now on I controlled myself in terms of photography, as there was lots of military and airport staff around. We de-boarded again through the rear stairs and we bussed across the ramp to a building, where immigration formalities took place. The building was an absolute joke, it was nowhere near what can be considered as a terminal. As in my previous visits to Russia, formalities were lengthy for each passenger, but since we were only a hand full of passengers, it was done in about 15 mins.

On the bus, I had met two teachers from Germany, who are teaching German in Сара́тов. They were to stay for 5 or 6 months until returning back to Germany. They had done this trip many times before and were used to the procedures. They were very curious whey I was on this flight, and I said my evening connection to DME was cancelled hence I had to stay overnight. They probably still didn’t understand why I didn’t book a direct flight to Moscow. Nevertheless I asked them whether they could help me arranging a taxi to the hotel, which was a good help.

After the passport was stamped and I was screened by customs, I was to go outside the building and wait. Then a truck which looked like it was built in the Soviet times in the 1960s arrived and dropped out bags off, under the open sky outside of the building. With our bags secured, another bus picked us up and drove us to another building, which looked like it was the former baggage claim area. It was the shabbiest building I have ever seen, and the baggage carrousel looked like it hasn’t run for decades. We walked through that shabby baggage claim room and were finally landside, where a few local taxi drivers tried to attract some business. With the help of that German couple, I quickly found a taxi driver for a decent fare.

Unfortunately I didn’t take many photos in Сара́тов, here is what I have taken:

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Arriving at the hotel, it looked like a new building and the hotel apparently was only one floor within this building:

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Here is the view from the room:

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There was a supermarket right next door so I headed downstairs to get some well deserved food.

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This is the room in the Bogemia Hotel:

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The front desk lady spoke not a single word of English, so eventually we communicated through some Russian translation website. Check-in was not the problem, but I asked for a taxi at 5:00 am the next morning, which I only could communicate through the translation tool. The night was ok and I had a well deserved sleep.

[Edited 2011-03-20 12:41:02]


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User currently offlineLoran From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 530 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 11784 times:

Part 2: Yak-42D SarAvia, Saratov – Moscow Domodedovo (RTW-DME)

The next morning I had to get up early, to catch the 06:40 am departure to DME, and I was happy to find out that the tax driver was on time. At the airport I was one of the first passengers. The departure facilities were far away from the arrival hall where I had arrived 12h ago the previous day. I entered the building through a very tiny room, where was a check-in desk with two staff and one assistant tagging and weighing the luggage. As I didn’t expect anyone to speak English I didn’t even bother asking for a specific seat, besides that I didn’t expect the flight to be full. I was then handed this unique handwritten boarding pass:

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There were about 5 passengers in front of me and already everyone jammed up the security screening. I had to pass the screening with my luggage, which I then had to hand over to some other staff member to load it into the aircraft. Then there was a waiting room where I had a good one hour to kill until boarding. Throughout that hour over 90 people piled up in this room, which proved me wrong and the flight was going to be full   .

Eventually boarding was called when the sun was about to rise behind the apron of Сара́тов’s Tsentralny Airport. Although careful with photography on Russian airports, I still grabbed a photo of this nice view while waiting in the bus:

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After the bus made its way to the aircraft, I was curious which reg would operate today’s flight to DME. Just hoped it wouldn’t be RA-42432 again. Looking at the activity around the aircraft, it turned out to be RA-42378.

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RA-42378 was first delivered on 13.03.1990 and at that time just over 20 years old. That also meant it was originally delivered with the Soviet Union registration CCCP-42378. The aircraft wears a unique livery which looks striking in my opinion:


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I somehow made my way as one of the first into the aircraft, which is very difficult if you compete against a desperate mob of 90 people. That meant I was able to quickly grab this shot of the seat I wished I had:

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This was the view from seat 9A, nothing special but ok since I had all the shots I wanted from the previous day. In the distance you can also see the very basic infrastructure of RTW airport. I didn’t see any hangar which could accommodate a Yak-42. At a remote corner of the airport, I saw two Yak-42 under maintenance on the ramp. They simply assemble a structure around the aircraft and perform all maintenance under the open sky.

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Engine startup was quick and no pushback required. All announcements were made in Russian only this time. I behaved with photography hence there are not as many photos of this flight in comparison to the previous. We made our way to the Rwy 12 again and the crew performed a U-turn at the threshold due to the lack of taxiways. I observed some stored Yak-40s around the maintenance area, other than that there was not that much stuff sitting around unfortunately.

Lined-up and ready to roll, let’s have a look at the flight details:

Yakovlev Yak-42D
Reg: RA-42378 (s/n 4520421014494), built by JSC Saratov Aviation Plant
First delivered to Aeroflot 13.03.1990 as CCCP-42378
Delivered to Саравиа 1993 as RA-42378
Routing: RTW-DME (6W760)
Date: 02. September 2010
Time: 06:40 - 08:15, flying time 1:35h
Seat 9A
Load factor was 100%


http://russianplanes.net/EN/REGINFO/1018

Again a great sound when the Lotarev turbofans spool up for take-off thrust. Take-off roll is again relatively short for a Russian airliner despite the full load. I was discrete with filming due to the full flight, towards my seat neighbours I tried to maintain a low profile while filming. We climbed out over the huge Volga River. Unfortunately I sat on the wrong side to catch a view of Engels Air Base, one of the bases in Russia hosting Tu-95 Bear-H bombers. Engels is right across the river from Сара́тов and should have been in sight if I at on the right side. Nevertheless I had a good view of the city as we turned left after take-off for a western bound heading. Here is the link to the take-off footage:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67NLzR-IivY

Here is a view of the departure route. You can see Engels AB in the top left right ahead from our flight path. Unfortunately my GPG logger disconnected for a minute, resulting in this sharp kink in the line, which in realty of course was a gentle turn over the river.

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Here is the departure in photos with a good view of Сара́тов and its Tsentralny Airport:

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In flight, I was trapped in my seat and again I tried to behave not to take too many photos. This attempt failed so here is one of many views from cruising altitude:

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Let’s have a look at the route we flew and some statistics. The route we joined was to a large extent the same we flew the day before from HAJ in the opposite direction. You can see the brown route is the one to DME of this flight.

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Total distance of this flight was 789 km and maximum cruising altitude was 8950m.

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Also, I grabbed a copy of the safety card which was interesting:

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The weather was cloudy around Moscow. Following a very smooth descend, we subsequently entered a downwind leg for a Rwy 14L/R approach:

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About 12 miles down we turned left to first catch the localizer and then glidepath of Rwy 14R.

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I saw the PAPI lights in the far distance but was unable to capture it on film. The approach was smooth and upon landing, the crew again flared a long time until we eventually established contact with the Rwy. Here is the video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofkXChsxT1I

Particularly interesting is the maintenance and storage area of DME, there were still lots of Russian types around. It was not hard to figure out that Transaero is ruling DME, followed by S7.

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After vacating the Rwy, I was surprised to meet this guy again. I always thought VP-BTM was scheduled and has subsequently been retired in late May 2010. I had therefore booked a flight on it in mid-May 2010 two weeks before the then scheduled retirement date. Looks like it was still going strong in September 2010, although I have recently read that VP-BTM is now definitely retired and due for scrapping.

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Some more great Tupolev hardware, love the reversers in the interlock position on RA-85688:

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After de-boarding, there was no opportunity to catch a clean ramp shot unfortunately. Anyways, here is a shot of RA-42378 with a very interesting background:

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DME was very busy as expected in a Thursday morning. I waited at the carrousel for my bag and grabbed some more shots:

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Next instance was getting a ticket for the Аэроэкспресс train to Moscow, which made me aware that the Soviet times are not completely over in Russia yet. Rather than placing a couple of ticketing machines in the arrival hall to buy tickets, one has to line up in a ridiculous queue of at least 30m, jamming the whole arrivals hall to buy tickets at two counters, occupied by some grumpy staff. I still don’t understand why it takes a long minute to complete a simple train ticket transaction for each passenger. I waited over half an hour until it was my turn… unbelievable. Then I made my way to the platform to catch this Russian built train which felt as if it was made from solid steel:

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A view what must look very familiar to the Moscow residents, mad:

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Here is Paveletsky Rail Terminal where the Аэроэкспресс train arrives into Москва:

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I had booked a hotel not too far from the train station, which was called Aquamarine Hotel. It had good references and was affordable, in contrast to many other hotels. The room was nice and I was happy with it. The Red Square and most other sightseeing stuff were in walking distance. This is the room:

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I did some sightseeing around downtown Moscow, although I had seen most of them before. This time I also visited the Lenin Mausoleum as there were rumors that he may eventually be buried normally and removed from his mausoleum at Red Square. Here are a couple of shots around Moscow:

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Note the Buran Shuttle:

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This was the view from the Hotel upon sunset:

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Conclusion

This concludes two memorable flights on the Yakovlev Yak-42D. I was happy to have ticked this type off the list onboard two regs without making a last minute trip to the most remote place in the world to eventually nail the Yak-42 in a few years time. I was also glad my excursion into the Russian countryside went smoothly. To me, Саравиа turned out to be a reliable operator and the crew and staff was friendly. Although Сара́тов’s Tsentralny Airport was very basic, I found it interesting to be off-the-track sometimes. It definitely was a memorable trip    .

I just checked Саравиа’s website, and there is still a now twice-weekly service to FRA advertised, and also to Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport (SAW). So if anyone wants to catch the Yak-42, here is a good and exclusive Yak-42 operator. Contact details to the ticketing agent in FRA and SAW are also given on their website.

I hope you liked the report about this aircraft, airline and airports. I am lagging far behind with my trip reports, hopefully I manage to catch up a little, but presently I am flying more types then I can type reports. I still promised an Il-18 report, and in February I flew the Трансаэро 747-200 and 747-300 to BKK which I want to write about. So keep an eye on this forum.

Regards,
Loran



Here are the previous trip reports about some interesting & memorable flights. Have a look:

Il-62M Deta Air & An-24B Scat Air In Kazakhstan (by Loran Jan 1 2011 in Trip Reports)
Il-86 Atlant-Soyuz: VKO-AER-VKO & VKO-SIP (by Loran Nov 15 2010 in Trip Reports)
Yak-40 Severstal Aircompany D2-16/21: VKO-CEE-LED (by Loran Nov 13 2010 in Trip Reports)
DC-10-30 Biman - Bangladesh Airlines: BG78 DAC-HKG (by Loran Dec 25 2009 in Trip Reports)
Il-96-300 Aeroflot SU552/551 BKK-SVO-BKK (by Loran May 19 2010 in Trip Reports)
747-100B(SR/SUD) Orient Thai 203/200: HKG-BKK-HKG (by Loran Jan 27 2010 in Trip Reports)

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User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5074 posts, RR: 55
Reply 2, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 11719 times:

Loran,

You are quickly becoming my inspiration to fly! Thanks a lot for this wonderful report - pretty amazing - and I keep on learning of new airlines from you. The Yak 42 looks awesome. I might just have to fly to FRA to fly them. Let's see if I can get a Russian visa done and it will be all great.

I have one *really* unique Russia report coming up - and it will be dedicated to you  .

Thanks again for doing these awesome trips - it is pure aviation porn.

Saludos,
A.



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User currently offlinedebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2399 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 11384 times:

Quoting Loran (Reply 1):
in February I flew the Трансаэро 747-200 and 747-300 to BKK which I want to write about.

Can't wait...   


User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 11217 times:

Excellent report, I thoroughly enjoyed it, thanks so much for sharing! It's funny how so many people have such a fascination with Russian aviation...maybe it's a need to experience something different from what we in "the west" consider to be the norm!

Forgive me, but I have a minor criticism. Personally I find your use of the Cyrillic alphabet for place names etc. a little distracting...I want to know where it is that your going in an alphabet that I can understand! I'm using a certain degree of hyperbole here, but in my head you went to somewhere called "Capatob"!! I know that using Cyrillic adds to the authenticity and realise that you went to Saratov, but personally I would find it easier to read if you stuck to the Roman alphabet. Or maybe it's just me!  

Thanks again for posting.

Cheers.

Andy.



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User currently offlinemxp From Italy, joined Aug 2003, 448 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 11177 times:

Oh Loran Loran another wonderful trip report.
Thanx for sharing
Alberto


User currently offlineTheCommodore From Australia, joined Dec 2007, 2716 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 11177 times:

Fantastic report.

Love one day to fly on such a machine, although I think maybe the days are numbered that these babies remain flying.

I did a business trip to the USSR several years ago and was lucky enough to fly Aeroflot, between St Petersburg and Sheremetyevo on a TU-154, loved every Minuit .

Thanks for sharing.



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User currently offlineSevernaya From Russia, joined Jan 2009, 1395 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (3 years 4 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 10751 times:

Hi Loran, fantastic TR! Thanks a lot for writing and sharing, much appreciated!

Quoting Loran (Thread starter):
Not sure if this is a An-24 or -26:

Looks like a An-24 to me, but I could be wrong.

Quoting Loran (Thread starter):
Some more great Tupolev hardware, love the reversers in the interlock position on RA-85688:

Hmm, a very interesting photo that is, the South East Tu-154M in the background is that the one that crash landed at DME in December?

Quoting Loran (Thread starter):
Next instance was getting a ticket for the Аэроэкспресс train to Moscow, which made me aware that the Soviet times are not completely over in Russia yet. Rather than placing a couple of ticketing machines in the arrival hall to buy tickets, one has to line up in a ridiculous queue of at least 30m

You could have bought an e-ticket of course on their website  

Once again, thanks!!



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User currently offlineokapi From France, joined Jun 2006, 210 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 4 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 10699 times:

Wunderbar!
Thank you so much for taking us with you...
Can't wait for your next reports.


User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8486 posts, RR: 55
Reply 9, posted (3 years 4 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 10475 times:
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Hi Loran,

Thanks for sharing your Y42 flights with us, makes good reading.

I love the retro cabin of the 42, it's like stepping back into a bit of history, very nice!

Looking forward to the next trip, they are always much more exciting than mine.

Rgds

Mark



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User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4253 posts, RR: 51
Reply 10, posted (3 years 4 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 10338 times:

Hi Loran,

it's great to read your Yak42 adventure. Very nice. If I'm correct the tail engine is switch off after reaching cruising altitude? Did you notice this happening? I like the cabin a lot. So the crew was ok with you taking the pictures?

Regards
Eric



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User currently offlineCrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1844 posts, RR: 42
Reply 11, posted (3 years 4 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 10263 times:
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Hi Loran, thank you for another very nice report. Well written and great pictures, and great aircraft! Congratulations on logging the YAK-42, I envy you.

Best regards,

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User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1684 posts, RR: 31
Reply 12, posted (3 years 4 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 10201 times:

Quoting Loran (Thread starter):
Not sure if this is a An-24 or -26:

Picture 8 of part 2 says it all: there is a big loading-ramp/door in the rear, so it's definitely an AN-26  

Wow, what a very interesting TR, Loran !!!
You really do find your exlusive routes and airlines/aircraft types around...

Very well written and documented (with pictures) TR; also like your sightseeing in Mockba...

Reminds me of my YAK-42D flight in the Ukraine 2 years ago (KBP-LWO); same comfortable seats with 'old fashioned' fabric, tight legroom and 'dark' environment inside...

Didn't you enjoy the 'whistle' of the Loratev engines during take-off and climb ?

Thanks again for sharing; looking forward to your next TR !!!



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User currently offlineviasa From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 1870 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (3 years 4 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 10040 times:

Oh Mann! Hast mich vergessen mitzunehmen...

That's another great trip report. Thank you for sharing!


User currently offlineLoran From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 530 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (3 years 4 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 9998 times:

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 2):
You are quickly becoming my inspiration to fly! Thanks a lot for this wonderful report - pretty amazing - and I keep on learning of new airlines from you. The Yak 42 looks awesome. I might just have to fly to FRA to fly them. Let's see if I can get a Russian visa done and it will be all great.

Hi abrelosojos, thanks for your kind words, glad I can still inspire the most experienced users in here  
A flight from FRA is probably the easiest option. In comparison to my flight, you can easily connect to DME on the same afternoon according to their currently advertised schedule.

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 2):
I have one *really* unique Russia report coming up - and it will be dedicated to you

Wow, thanks   Definitely looking forward to that one, when can we expect it?

Quoting BAViscount (Reply 4):
Excellent report, I thoroughly enjoyed it, thanks so much for sharing! It's funny how so many people have such a fascination with Russian aviation...maybe it's a need to experience something different from what we in "the west" consider to be the norm!

Hi BAViscount, thanks for your feedback. I admit I wasn't interested in Russian types until 3-4 years back maybe. As an aerospace engineer I look at it from a technical perspective, which is the main reason for me taking all those trips. I enjoy chatting with the crew, visiting the cockpit and checking out technical details on as many different types as possible. The Soviet Union had a very different approach to aircraft design, also due to different operational requirements which make their designs so unique and interesting.

Quoting BAViscount (Reply 4):
Forgive me, but I have a minor criticism. Personally I find your use of the Cyrillic alphabet for place names etc. a little distracting...I want to know where it is that your going in an alphabet that I can understand! I'm using a certain degree of hyperbole here, but in my head you went to somewhere called "Capatob"!! I know that using Cyrillic adds to the authenticity and realise that you went to Saratov, but personally I would find it easier to read if you stuck to the Roman alphabet.

   Point taken, I admit I went a bit overboard with the Cyrillic alphabet   It became a sort of hobby to encrypt the Cyrillic words every time I am in Russia or other countries, that maybe triggered off the use of the original names. This is also the reason why I capture interesting (western) names, signs or brands on photo, such as the Starbucks coffee sign. But thanks for the feedback and apologies, I will stick to the regular names next time   .

Quoting mxp (Reply 5):
Oh Loran Loran another wonderful trip report.
Thanx for sharing
Alberto

Hi Alberto, good to hear from you again. I hope you are going well. When will we catch up next time?

Quoting TheCommodore (Reply 6):
Love one day to fly on such a machine, although I think maybe the days are numbered that these babies remain flying.

Hi Commodore, thanks for your response, glad you liked the report. The Yak-42 is presently still one of the easier models, but you are right, I assume in a few years time these will be down to a few airframes in remote places.

Quoting Severnaya (Reply 7):
Hmm, a very interesting photo that is, the South East Tu-154M in the background is that the one that crash landed at DME in December?

Hi Severnaya, thanks also for your kind feedback. I will have a look at my original sized photos where I can zoom in to check the reg, I am presently writing from another PC.

Quoting Severnaya (Reply 7):
You could have bought an e-ticket of course on their website

Good to know for my next trip, thanks for sharing this very time-saving piece of information. I remember in SVO and VKO I also bought tickets from staffed counters, but luckily no queues due to off-peak arrival times.

Quoting okapi (Reply 8):
Wunderbar!
Thank you so much for taking us with you...
Can't wait for your next reports.

Hi okapi, danke für Dein Feedback, glad you liked it   .

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 9):
Thanks for sharing your Y42 flights with us, makes good reading.
I love the retro cabin of the 42, it's like stepping back into a bit of history, very nice!
Looking forward to the next trip, they are always much more exciting than mine.

Hi Mark, thanks a lot also for your response. I never looked at the Yak-42 cabin as a retro cabin, I always saw it as a relatively modern cabin. But I guess this is because I have recently flown too many pre-1980 aircraft, so a 1990 cabin appears to be relatively new   .

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 10):
it's great to read your Yak42 adventure. Very nice. If I'm correct the tail engine is switch off after reaching cruising altitude? Did you notice this happening? I like the cabin a lot. So the crew was ok with you taking the pictures?

Hi Eric, thanks for your note. Interesting detail, I never heard of this Yak-42 feature. And unfortunately I didn't hear anything which sounded like an engine shut-down. Wouldn't the drag increase significantly from the windmilling effect? I know a four-hauler can take a shutdown engine (particularly the ones from British Airways). It would really be interesting to read more about this feature.
Btw, no problems taking photos in the cabin. The crew disappeared quickly behind the curtain after the meal was served, so there was luckily no restriction in cataloging the entire cabin on film.

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 11):
Hi Loran, thank you for another very nice report. Well written and great pictures, and great aircraft! Congratulations on logging the YAK-42, I envy you.

Hi Martijn, also thanks for your positive feedback. You still have a couple of years to log the legendary Yak-42 as well   Go for it as long as they are still around.

Quoting MH017 (Reply 12):
Picture 8 of part 2 says it all: there is a big loading-ramp/door in the rear, so it's definitely an AN-26

Hi MH017, thanks for this interesting detail, so the loading ramp makes the difference. From the front it looks identical to the An-24, is this correct? Btw, are there any military An-24 at all?

Quoting MH017 (Reply 12):
Wow, what a very interesting TR, Loran !!!
You really do find your exlusive routes and airlines/aircraft types around...
Very well written and documented (with pictures) TR; also like your sightseeing in Mockba...
Reminds me of my YAK-42D flight in the Ukraine 2 years ago (KBP-LWO); same comfortable seats with 'old fashioned' fabric, tight legroom and 'dark' environment inside...
Didn't you enjoy the 'whistle' of the Loratev engines during take-off and climb ?
Thanks again for sharing; looking forward to your next TR !!!

Thanks for your kind words, glad you liked the report. The cabin is indeed great, but still super modern in comparison the the Yak-40 I flew the following day.
And I absolutely loved the whistle of the Lotarev D-36 turbofans, definitely unique.

Quoting viasa (Reply 13):
Oh Mann! Hast mich vergessen mitzunehmen...
That's another great trip report. Thank you for sharing!

Hi Viasa, genug Platz im Flieger gab es noch  
Thanks for reading and hope to meet you guys here in ZRH soon.

Thanks again to all of you for your comments, looking forward to more feedback and questions.

Cheers,
Loran



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User currently offlineSevernaya From Russia, joined Jan 2009, 1395 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (3 years 4 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 9922 times:

Quoting Loran (Reply 14):
Btw, are there any military An-24 at all?

Yes from the top of my head at least the An-24РР and An-24шт



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User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (3 years 4 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 9859 times:

Quoting Loran (Reply 14):
But thanks for the feedback and apologies, I will stick to the regular names next time

Thanks!      I hope you weren't offended by my comment. Looking forward to the next report.



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User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5074 posts, RR: 55
Reply 17, posted (3 years 4 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 9656 times:

Quoting Loran (Reply 14):
Wow, thanks Definitely looking forward to that one, when can we expect it?

= Just wait ... but, take a guess  .

Saludos,
A.



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26845 posts, RR: 58
Reply 18, posted (3 years 4 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 9251 times:

Hey nice report great to see rare reports. Flash back from the pas seeing the old tickets ! Some great photos of Moscow also would love to go back someday .


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User currently offlineBrusselsSouth From Belgium, joined Aug 2001, 624 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (3 years 4 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 9202 times:

Fascinating report. I enjoyed every bit of it.

Just one (very) minor thing : I would have appreciated a few more pictures of Saratov. But the report is excellent as it is.

Regards
BrusselsSouth


User currently offlineLoran From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 530 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (3 years 4 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 8814 times:

Quoting Severnaya (Reply 7):
Hmm, a very interesting photo that is, the South East Tu-154M in the background is that the one that crash landed at DME in December?

Sorry for the delayed response, I just checked the Dagestan Tu-154s.
The one close to the S7 Tu-154M is RA-85612, the one behind near the Transaero 747s is RA-85031, both seem to be in service with Dagestan. The one which crashed in DME I believe is RA-85744.

Quoting BAViscount (Reply 16):

No offense taken at all, as mentioned I am always happy about constructive comments since I am a rather unexperienced writer. My next report (likely again in a Russian speaking country) will have the regular names  
Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 17):
= Just wait ... but, take a guess

If you wouldnt have written me an email regarding the Il-62 I would have said it is the Il-62, but in that case I guess it is an Il-86 or -96? Looking forward to reading it.

Cheers,
Loran



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Reply 21, posted (3 years 4 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 8783 times:

Nice to see pictures of the interior of a Yak-42, something we don't see a lot... Alas, I will likely never fly on a -42, so this is a good alternative.


The 747 will always be the TRUE queen of the skies!
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