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Il-96 With Aeroflot: ARN-TLL-SVO-LCA-ARN  
User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 14577 times:

This is a tripreport covering my adventure to fly on a Soviet-era aircraft.

As the line above might suggest, I have long wanted to log an aircraft from the Soviet-era. From the time when an aircraft was either western or Russian. The opportunities to log a proper Soviet-era aircraft has diminished greatly over the last couple of years, when airlines such as Aeroflot retired their last Tupolev's and whatnot.

So to log one of these aircraft one had to dig deeper and deeper in the world of un-translated booking engines to find the flights operated by Tu-154, or another aircraft from this era.

But then again, Aeroflot still has one type of aircraft from the Soviet-era left in its fleet; the mighty Ilyushin Il-96. The 4-engined widebody is one of the very last aircraft models developed during the Soviet-era, and the aforementioned airline still have six of the type in its fleet.

The Il-96 has gone from being Aeroflot's flagship aircraft, to being something that's being deployed on their lower tier routes, where a lot of capacity can be useful, with little to none premium demand.
Some of these routes include TLV, LCA and AYT, all from the SU hub at SVO.

These very flights provided a great opportunity to log a Russian jet, since there were no need to travel on an airline whose flights could only be booked from a ticket office in the dodgy suburbs of Moscow, nor was there even a need to get a Russian visa, if one stays at SVO for less that 24 hours.

But there's always two sides to one coin, the cost for one of these flights were a far cry from the 60 EUR SAS youth tickets I have bought so many of to get to Stockholm from Kiruna and vice versa.
The cheapest tickets I could find to these destinations was well over 200 EUR, for a one way.

I was eyeing some of these flights from time to time. I was afraid of booking a flight too early in case of a change of the scheduled aircraft. And then, one May evening this year, not only did I find the usual 275 EUR fare for a SVO-LCA flight operated by an Il-96 on June 27th, but I also realized that DY had lowered the price of their red-eye LCA-ARN flight by some 300 SEK, with a new price-tag of 619 SEK, or about 65 EUR.
As this allowed one to arrive LCA at 18:00 on SU and depart at 3:15 on DY, there was no need for a night spent at a hotel. With this in mind, I finally booked a flight on a Soviet-era jet.
To get to SVO in time for the 15:30 departure, there were no same-day options. So I decided on a 130 EUR ARN-TLL-SVO combo on Estonian Air, with the ARN-TLL leg taking place on the evening of the 26th with the leg to SVO on the morning after, arriving SVO at 10:45, giving me a lagom amount of time at SVO. Equipment for the OV flights were scheduled as Saab 340 and E170.

Booked routing:


I originally planned to spend the night in Tallinn at the airport, but at some point of time I booked a night at Hotel Ulemiste, within walking distance of the TLL terminal, for about 55 EUR for the night.

Time went, and the scheduled equipment for SU2074 stayed as an Il-96, and soon it was time for the day of departure.

June 26

I was dropped off at ARN Terminal 5 curbside a couple of hours before my departure.
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I tried to check in at a SSK in the SAS check-in hall (OV has since changed ground handling company at ARN and hence has their own check-in desks) but just like on my last OV flight in January ( To The ARN A.net Meet, And Beyond! ARN-TLL-HEL-ARN (by deltamartin Jan 23 2012 in Trip Reports) ), the machine told me to contact the staff.
I did so, and the young SAS check-in agent told me, after checking my booking in her computer, that it's due to my ticket being a cheap one without any luggage allowance. So that explains why I couldn't check in in January either.
She also wanted to see my passport, she first checked the photo page and when I noticed her starting to look for a Russian visa I explained that I didn't have one since I was on a connecting flight beyond SVO. She understood and proceeded with the check-in.
I requested window seats which was granted without any problems as I was quickly handed a SAS-branded boarding pass for both ARN-TLL with seat 6A and next days TLL-SVO with seat 12F.

SAS check-in hall:
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Before going airside I strolled over to SkyCity to see if there was anything interesting going on on the apron.
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I guess I better get used to seeing DY planes at Terminal 5:
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Next I went through security which was quick.

I briefly looked around at the generally crowded terminal, before heading to the lounge.

FIDS, note my flight to TLL and the nowadays nonstop ET flight to ADD:
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DY aircraft LN-NIB parked at a gate:
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Pier A:
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As OV uses EuroBonus as their FFP, I was allowed in to the lounge after the lounge agent swiped my EB card.

Estonian Airs webpage states that the SAS Business Lounge is the lounge used by them at ARN, but since the lounge agent didn't state which lounge I was accepted in to I decided to try my luck by heading to the Scandinavian Lounge, and as this move didn't raise a single eyebrow I figured it was a good move.

The lounge was crowded as I arrived, and I had troubles finding a seat, but after grabbing some snacks I managed to settle down at the high table at the food area. Again I had a Ginger Ale, I must say I'm getting quite fond of the beverage.
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Drink offerings:
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The 'inner sanctum' of the Scandinavian Lounge:
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I spent most of the time just enjoying a couple of drinks and surfing on the provided WiFi.

Soon enough the boarding time was approaching to I decided to head to the gate for my 20:55 departure.

The gate assigned for my flight was 6B, just the same as on the famous A.net OV Saab flight back in January.

A Eurowings CRJ900 was getting ready to push back at the gate as I arrived.
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Boarding was soon called, and unsurprisingly there was a bus waiting for us.

OV688 operated by Estonian Air Regional
ARN-TLL
Saab 340
ES-ASN

717 on a neighboring gate:
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View from the bus:
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We drove to the very same parking position outside of the SAS hangars, and what did I find but the very same aircraft as well, ES-ASN:
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Soon after parking in front of the aircraft there was a blonde FA waving us in. Not the same FA as in January though, this one was middle-aged, but just as nice.

I snapped a few pictures as I boarded the familiar aircraft.
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I was greeted by the FA as I entered the cabin.

As I reached 6A I realized that it was the exit row on the little Saab. This also meant that I couldn't store my bag under the seat in front of me, and it was too big to fit in the overhead bins, so once boarding calmed down I approached the FA in the galley, who put a tag on it and handed it to the apron workers.

So back to my seat I went and settled down on 6A.
At least the legroom is great here on the exit row, making it somewhat worth the hassle.
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The dark leather seat is overall rather comfortable, and I think Eric knows this very seat quite well too.

View out the window:
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The load on the flight was rather good, I'd estimate around 75%.

Boarding was completed and then the lone FA did the safety briefing, first vocally and then demonstrating.

She then made the cabin ready for departure as we begun taxiing.

We taxied around the SAS hangar to runway 19L where we took off and banked to the left, lining us up towards Tallinn.
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View of ARN after takeoff:
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This being a turboprop we soon reached a safe height where the safety belt sign could be turned off, at this time the FA started to prepare the service round, and shortly after that we also reached cruise.
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Cabin view:
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Some nice views as we leave Sweden behind:
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Northern Stockholm archipelago:
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The service round was also the same as on the flight in January, hot and cold beverages and a muffin. This seems to be the textbook OV catering concept, and I find it quite nice.
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I had an OJ and water with my muffin. The muffin itself was warm and tasty, but on the small side. Just like in January.

The flight was otherwise quite uneventful, after all this time ES-ASN only had one A.netter on board (as far as I know!).

Seatpocket contents:
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We soon begun our descent to TLL.
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At this time, one could see Finland on the other side of the Gulf of Finland.
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Banking to line up for the runway:
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Soon we touched down on TLL's runway 26, so no nice views of central Tallinn this time.
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TLL terminal as seen while taxiing:
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We parked on a remote stand after a short taxi, I grabbed my bag as I deboarded an went in to the bus that picked us up to give us a lift to the terminal.
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After the bus ride we go upstairs and in to the airside transit area. A short walk follows through arrivals and I found myself in the arrival hall where I snapped a photo before I start to head to my hotel.
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I also bought a little snack (dirt cheap) at a 7-eleven kind of store in the arrivals hall.

A look towards my hotel from curbside TLL.
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And a look back at the terminal as I walk towards the hotel.
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A 4 minute walk, rounding a parking lot, and I was at the hotel, I have to wait for a minute at the reception since someone else was checking in ahead of me, but soon enough it was my turn, and I was quickly checked in.
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The hotel was nice, no complaints. It all was very modern and clean, standard amenities in the room.
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June 27

After a not too good night of sleep I woke up at 6.00 local time (5.00 for my body) for my 8.05 departure.

I quickly did my morning rituals and checked out from the hotel and walked to the airport.

It didn't take long to reach the terminal:
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No check-in or boarding-pass-printing necessary since I still had the same boarding pass from yesterday for this flight as well.

A quick look for me at the FIDS and the rather busy check-in hall before heading airside.
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The security check-in was fast and efficient, rather busy at the x-rays but no queue luckily so I was quickly through.

Airside didn't feel quite as busy as the check-in hall, so I leisurely walked around the terminal, snapping a few pictures, before heading to the lounge.

Tail lineup, Tallinn style:
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A view out the pier:
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As I entered the Linda Lounge I gave my Boarding pass and EuroBonus card to the lounge receptionist, who looked at them for a few seconds before allowing me in to the lounge.

The lounge wasn't busy at all, so I grabbed a comfortable seat right next to a big window with a quite nice apron view.
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The edible offerings was also quite nice with some crackers and spreads available, together with some sweet stuff.
The drink offerings were even better with sodas, juices and even hard liqueur available. Some orange juice is plenty enough for me this early morning though, thank you!
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My “breakfast” this morning:
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The lounge isn't very busy with only me and a handful other people around. The lounge isn't very big so I can understand FlyingFinn's annoyance when it's crowded. It has 2 floors though, here's a view of downstairs – from upstairs.
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Once done in the lounge, I headed towards the gate. There were no queue at the passport control, but for some reason the guy looked at my passport with a very confused look on his face, for what felt like almost a minute, before handing the passport back to me, without saying anything.

The non-Schengen part of the terminal wasn't overly exciting, with only a few gates and a cafe. I spent most of the remaining time before boarding in the cafe area, since it offered quite nice views and my gate was located there.

An OV E70 passing by:
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Last nights plane, ES-ASN and the hockeybird parked at the remote parking:
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My plane:
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Boarding was soon enough called and after queuing for a couple of minutes I reach the desk where they scan my boarding pass and also want to see my passport and Russian visa, I explain that I have a connecting flight at SVO, so the girl lets me board without one. No problems here.

OV301
TLL-SVO
Embraer 170
ES-AED

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Down the jetway I went, and when I entered the aircraft I was greeted by the female FA working in the front galley. The one working in the back galley were also a woman, both were around 30 years of age.

As I walked down the aisle the cabin did very much look like a Finnair aircraft. This wasn't surprising though since OV is leasing the aircraft from said airline.

I sat down on my window seat 12 F, which is right over the wing. The seat was, just like on my only previous flight on an E-jet ( Going Around In London! ARN-LCY/LGW-ARN (by deltamartin Apr 5 2012 in Trip Reports) ), very comfortable. It was covered in what used to be Finnairs trademark blue fabric.
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The legroom was also nice.
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Overall, a very nice and comfortable economy seat.

View out my window:
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Boarding was soon completed and I had an open seat next to me, which could only mean that the flight would be even more comfortable. I'd estimate the load in economy to be around 60%.

The crew preformed a manual safety demo and we soon pushed back.

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User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 14674 times:

A taxi to runway 26 followed.
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We did a rather powerful takeoff, and shortly after that we begun to head towards Moscow.
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Tallinn and its harbor:
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TLL terminal:
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The skies were rather cloudy during this flight, but occasionally the ground was visible.

That's one great looking winglet, is it not?
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We soon reached safe altitude where the seatbelt sign was turned off. Cruise height was achieved a few minutes later.

Around this time, the service cart reached my row. The service was the same as on my two previous OV flights; a muffin and hot and cold drinks. I had some sparkling water with my muffin.
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The flight was otherwise rather uneventful, I mainly just sat in my comfortable seat, enjoying the flight, reading the in-flight magazine etc.

Safety folder:
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At one time I did get up to snap a cabin picture though.
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My seat:
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One more picture of the stunning winglet:
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Cabin view from my seat:
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At some point of time during the flight an FA handed out immigration cards. I assumed I didn't need one but I decided to take one anyway, just in case and for the heck of it. For the record, I never filled it out and it wasn't needed when just connecting.

Soon enough, we begun our descent over the Russian countryside.
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Yup, we're in Russia:
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We soon touched down on runway 25 R, on time.
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Domestic terminal:
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No high-speed exits on this runway, so we braked hard and exit on an intersection.

At the intersection we had to hold for this SU A321 taking off from 25L:
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One last shot of that winglet:
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For a while it looked like we'd get a remote parking position, but as we stopped at such a stand, the cockpit crew went on the mike to explain that we were just waiting for our assigned gate to be open, as another aircraft was still there.
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Just a couple of minutes later our engines spooled up and taxied to a finger gate at Terminal E.
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As we docked to the jetway and the seatbelt sign was turned off I grabbed my stuff and disembarked, thanking the crew as I did so.

As I walked in to the terminal, I felt very excited. Visiting Russia was something I had been wanting to do for a long time, and even if this was just a few hours at an airport, it was special for me. I'll be back to visit Russia properly one day, I promise.

The corridor leading to arrivals and the transfer desk was huge and very sterile looking. I didn't dare to take any pictures before I was through to airside. Just in case.

I followed signs to connecting flights and was directed to a long escalator taking me upstairs. I didn't see a single soul around. There was a sign saying “Connecting flights” to the left and “Transfer desk” to the right. Seeing as I had already done OLCI for my SU flight, and had a boarding pass, I figured I should head towards Connecting flights. As I started to do so, I was yelled at by a woman who just arrived to the transfer desk, I couldn't hear what she said, it was either in Russian or bad English, but together with her arm gestures the message was clear, I should head over there.

Once there she didn't do much, just confirmed that I was indeed checked in, had a seat assigned and had a printed boarding pass. The brief words she said was done with her eyes locked to her computer screen, even when she at the end of our “conversation” surprised me by wishing me a pleasant flight. I did thank her but I doubt she cared.

When this (seemingly unnecessary) visit to the transfer desk was taken care of, I was allowed to head towards “Connecting Flights”. As I entered this room, with a couple of security lanes. I was the only passenger around. I first had to show my boarding pass and passport to a guy at the entrance, once he was done looking at them both, he stamped my boarding pass and let me through to the next step, which was the security check. It was a humane check, no need to take my shoes off. The security staff just seemed rather bored anyway.
Next step was the passport control, this was also an easy affair, but I did have to show my boarding pass for the third time in a matter of minutes.

Once this was completed, I was allowed out to SVO's Terminal E airside.
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At this time the excitement hit me again, I had completed the transit procedures at one of Moscow's airports and was waiting for my departure!

At this time the clock said about 11.00, Moscow time, and as my departure was scheduled for 15.30, I had plenty of time on my hands.

The first thing I did was to look through the D-E-F terminals at SVO, all of these are connected airside.

Terminal F is the oldest of the three terminals, which was opened in 1980 for the Moscow Olympics, the terminal was known as Sheremetyevo-2 back then. Terminal E Was opened as an extension to this terminal at a later stage, and has since been completed by Terminal D, in 2009. Aeroflot use these terminals as a hub, with their departures spread on all three terminals, depending on destination. Plenty of other airlines use these terminals too.

Terminal E was nice. The environment was calm, lots of available seats, and some nice places to shop and eat.

Tail lineup from Terminal E with my plane visible:
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Last look of my plane before it pushed back:
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Something for all the Finns:
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Terminal D was quite alright, but it was all a little crowded. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't a bad terminal from what I could see, but the general atmosphere was a little too “chaotic” for being such a newly built terminal.
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View of Terminal F from D:
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Nice ad:
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Terminal F was not really to my liking, as expected. The whole place reeked of cigarette smoke, which wasn't surprising seeing as this terminal didn't have the luxury of having smoking lounges like Terminal D and E. Here, it was just some sort of A/C boxes standing on the floor, around of which was a smoking area. There were also far to few seats, presumably replaced with retail areas, which seemed to be everywhere in this terminal. This terminal did have free WiFi though, in contrary to D and E.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/1fab4378.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/e02d4563.jpg

Walkway between Terminals F and E:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/e68cfbf4.jpg

Two Superjets in one shot:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/5c0584f9.jpg

I spent most of my time just sitting around, listening to music, or strolling around the shops. Most of the time was spent in Terminal E, which was the nicest one, IMO.

At one time I bought a bottle of water, supposed to cost 60 RUB, but the receipt I got was fairly unclear, so when I looked at it later I was afraid that they would have ripped me off and charged me 60 EUR! But luckily this was just a very bad receipt, and they only charged my card for the value of 60 RUB.

I also bought a model of an SAS A340, something I have been looking to buy for quite a long time. I never thought I'd finally buy it in Moscow! It cost 12 EUR.

Soon enough, boarding time was approaching, so I decided to head to the gate assigned for my flight, which was 58, at the far end of the F-terminal.

Once at the gate, I saw the Ilyushin that supposedly would bring me to Cyprus today. RA-96011, appropriately named V. Kokkinaki, after the Soviet test-pilot, awarded with the title “Hero of the Soviet Union”, twice!
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/ee1c1348.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/7b64baff.jpg

So as the gate agents arrived, they prepared the gate for boarding, and then I and the other passengers just waited for boarding to begin.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/03c29487.jpg

Waited.

And waited.

Some 20 minutes after scheduled boarding time, it was announced that boarding would commence soon.

More waiting.

I got to admit, I don't remember the exact details here, because what followed made me really worried, that I would not get to fly the Ilyushin.

Some 10 minutes after the scheduled departure time, almost an hour after boarding was supposed to commence, there was an announcement in Russian (all announcements were made in Russian first, and then in English) I didn't know what they said, but when it was interrupted by a big wave of sighs and chatter it was obvious that we wouldn't board anytime soon. I rushed to the closest FIDS to see what it was all about. My flight had a new gate, and a new departure time, at 19.00.
I never realized why all of this happened, as it was hard to understand the English announcements. I'm not even sure they gave a reason. But my best bet at that moment was some sort of technical issue with our Il-96. At this time I was extremely worried that my Il would be replaced by an Airbus. With all the money I had spent on this very flight, it was not a good feeling, I'll tell you that.

The newly assigned gate was 40, which was a bus gate. So no way of telling what aircraft I'd get in the end. All left to do was to wait.

So I sat down at one of the few seating areas in the F-terminal, luckily this was next to my new gate and a FIDS, so I could keep track of any eventual developments regarding my flight. I spent most of the time using the provided WiFi.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/bbbba0e3.jpg

Something from home:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/d4a46d2e.jpg

So after another couple of hours of waiting, and our new boarding time was approaching, people started gathering at the gate. I joined the group of people, and noticed that the LCD at the gate said that this was a completely different flight, bound for Athens. I didn't leave my spot though, since I recognized a lot of people from our first boarding attempt at the other gate, and shortly after an airport official showed up, and spoke to some of the passengers in Russian. I don't recall exactly how, but somehow I felt assured that this was indeed for Larnaca, and not for Athens.

The gate soon opened and we were let downstairs, where all there was was a scanning machine and a door leading out to the bus. So more queuing for the manned BP scanner it was.

As I queued I noted that everyone got to keep their BP stumps, and no ones seat was changed. This got my hopes up that my flight would indeed be operated by an Il-96.

Once I got closer to the gate agent I actually spotted the seatmap on the gate agents computer screen, and with a 3-3-3 arrangement I was certain that my flight was still scheduled to be operated by an Il-96. But I thought to myself that I shouldn't celebrate until I am actually boarding the plane.

SU2074
SVO-LCA
Ilyushin Il-96-300
RA-96011 “V. Kokkinaki”

The gate agent tared my A4 boarding pass and on to the bus I went. They filled every square inch of that bus, so it was extremely crowded once we departed a couple of minutes later.

We drove off to a remote apron located east of the D-E-F terminals, behind the fuel tanks. Once we got closer, I saw the Il-96 that would bring me to Cyprus. I was very glad at that point, that no equipment change had taken place in the end.

The bus dropped us off outside of the very same plane that was parked at gate 58 a few hours earlier, which was rather surprising.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/55c33ead.jpg

I snapped a lot of pictures, luckily no one seemed to care. I was thinking about commenting to one of the ground staff members that it was a beautiful aircraft, but I didn't want to risk that someone might tell me not to photograph it.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/28983f53.jpg

Nose section:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/c27d6f87.jpg

Aviadvigatel PS-90 engine:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/c6a27776.jpg

Seeing as I got to board this magnificent aircraft from the apron instead of going through a jetway, it pretty much made up for any delay.

As I walked up the airstairs towards door L2 I continued to snap pictures. This was also the first time I boarded a wide-body via airstairs.

Fuselage:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/dd8a2f51.jpg

Another fuselage picture, featuring the shadow of yours truly:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/b3a2b9c4.jpg

Massive wing:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/27828524.jpg

As I stepped in to the cabin I had to show my BP to a male FA, who I believe was the purser. He directed me down the first aisle to the right.

I believe all other FA's working in the economy cabin were females. During boarding they were spread out in the cabin, greeting the passengers with different levels of care.

During the walk down the aisle, I felt very exited. And boy was the cabin roomy, with the lack of overhead bins above the middle seats.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/bc545e7d.jpg

Another thing I noted during boarding was the (in?)famous SU bright orange FA uniforms. I'm not really sure what my opinions on those are.

I made my way to my seat which I chose during online check in (it wasn't available earlier), 37 A. A left hand window seat on the second to last row of this widebody.

The very last row doesn't have a window, and seeing as this far back in the cabin the layout is 2-3-2 (or rather 2-0-2 as it's a galley in the middle on the last couple of rows), I'd say that 37A is one of the best seats on this plane.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/7b63706f.jpg

The blue leather seat was very soft and hence also very comfortable.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/b282db94.jpg

The legroom was also very nice.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/fbf5c5cf.jpg

Seatback in front of me, the seat number is referring to the seat in front:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/c4b01dda.jpg

Neckrest:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/8da2dbc5.jpg

The recline was also very generous for an economy class seat these days!
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/82f93d04.jpg

“Aeroflot – Sincerely yours”:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/b50ee1b2.jpg

Overall, it was indeed a very nice seat. There were also quite a few differences from the standard economy seat nowadays:
Like the famous air-vent nozzle on the seatback in front:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/b4e7e4d4.jpg
The oxygen masks were also in the seat in front.

The personal reading lights? You guessed it, built in to the seat in front:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/89224388.jpg

The tray table could be folded, just like some modern ones:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/818e9897.jpg

The FA call button was located on the inside of the armrest, just like the standard recline button, which was on the other armrest.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/2cfa3b8f.jpg

So basically, this wasn't your standard Economy seat.


User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 14669 times:

View out my window during boarding:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/e3c84609.jpg

Cabin view:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/3ace7973.jpg

Boarding was soon completed, and the load was decent, I'd estimate around 70%. I was pretty alone at the back of the cabin, but soon after after things settled down a couple moved down to the row ahead of me.
During the time we spent on the ground the guy was chatting a little with me. He didn't know English too well but his GF translated what I said to him. They asked why a Swede would fly from Moscow to Cyprus, I explained that I wanted to fly the aircraft, which they seemed to find rather weird.

Soon enough the engine spooled up and we soon begun to move. No pushback needed as we were already turned towards the taxiway.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/a5dd096d.jpg

View back to the terminal complex:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/c91b9946.jpg

A Transaero 747 also taxiing for takeoff:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/ce713e24.jpg

Cabin view during taxi:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/c5d1d3b6.jpg

We taxied slowly to 25L, the parallel runway to where I landed several hours earlier.

We begun our take off roll. Since this is likely to be my only or one of very few takeoffs in a Soviet jetliner, I decided to take a takeoff video, despite me not being very good with cameras. So here it is, enjoy (I apologize in advance for the shakyness):
http://youtu.be/N4-lRcxpkvg

In the video one can see Terminals D-E-F, and some bad views of Moscow after takeoff.

After takeoff we banked to the left, to line us up southbound for Cyprus.

Some views after takeoff:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/bf1c6119.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/7d863d1b.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/7e945a68.jpg

Also a quite good looking winglet, not as nice as the OV one from that morning though!
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/96a866e5.jpg

Soon enough we reached safe height for the seatbelt sign to be turned off.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/441ebf8d.jpg

Unique window shape:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/3eb78a4f.jpg

The PS-90 engine, as seen from seat 37A:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/cf2bef70.jpg

Cabin view:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/9f1c43d9.jpg

The crew jumped in to action, distributing drinks from their carts, beginning in the front of the cabin, so it was well in to cruise before they reached my row. Note the bright orange crew uniforms:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/f0f58aa7.jpg

Once they reach my row the FA asks me something in Russian, likely “What would you like to drink”, as that is what she said in English after I made her aware of my lacking Russian skills.
I asked what was on offer, after which she quickly went through pretty much everything she had on her cart. I don't recall everything, but basically soft drinks, juices, water and wine was on offer.

I had some apple juice and some sparkling water, this was served together with a wet tissue.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/461bf158.jpg

At this time the distribution of meals had begun in the front of the cabin. View out my window at this time:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/eefc76a5.jpg

I wasn't really sure what to expect when it came to service on this flight when I booked it, so when the smell of hot food filled the cabin, I was positively surprised.

Once they reached my row I could choose between two options. I chose lamb. I do not recall what the other option was, but I do remember it didn't sound bad either, it might have been chicken. Or pasta. Maybe.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/eb8e606e.jpg

Anyway, I chose lamb because it's something I don't eat every day. It tasted decent enough together with the potatoes and hot vegetables, but not really great in any way. The hot meal was served together with a plastic box filled with various extras, such as bread and a little salad.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/41cfa900.jpg

Pralines as “dessert”:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/4dd8699b.jpg

Overall, it was a decent economy meal.

After the meal there was an after-meal drink run. I had some coffee and water.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/8aaae283.jpg

The crew eventually gathered the trash, and I was able to fully enjoy the flight!

For the remaining time of the flight, there was a few tetras with juice, water bottles and paper mugs in the galley, so one could get these beverages at any time.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/4cc704f2.jpg

During the flight I did various tours around the cabin, snapping pictures here and there. I also spent time at my seat, enjoying the views.

Aft galley, with lots and lots of lavatories:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/ebbbe348.jpg

And inside one of the lavatories:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/f01cab90.jpg

Emergency exit in the rear galley:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/d7586844.jpg

My attempt at taking a wing flex photo out the small emergency exit window:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/273a5cfd.jpg

Cabin view:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/2c8d2b00.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/6c7bb682.jpg

Elevator in the mid-cabin galley:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/f5bf4694.jpg

Seat pocket contents:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/2c82cf27.jpg

The in-flight magazine was very thick! Most of it was in Russian:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/ec86611c.jpg

The most interesting pages in the magazine:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/7e58930d.jpg

Some views out my window:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/bc5b0707.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/9ba5389a.jpg

Cabin view at a later stage of the flight:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/f09e8bec.jpg

Cabin view, hipster version:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/9a5143b2.jpg

View out a window on the right hand side:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/e8829a67.jpg

Outside it got gradually darker during the flight, and just after the last sunshine left the skies for the day, we begun our descent to Larnaca.

The cabin crew prepared the cabin for landing, and soon enough the seatbelt sign was turned on.

Due to the dark outside, and the windows getting all foggy due to the humidity, the views outside were very limited during descent.

Soon enough we touched down on what I believe was LCA's runway 22, which meant a very short taxi to the terminal.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/1e2793e4.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/9f7e9f4b.jpg

We docked to a finger gate at the base of the terminal.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/a0ea274e.jpg

Cabin during disembarkation:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/c0546555.jpg

As I stepped out of the aircraft I could immediately feel the heat and the high humidity already in the jetway.

I walked in to the terminal and headed towards arrivals. I needed to do this since DY doesn't offer any kind of OLCI, and while there is some kind of gate check-in available I prefer to be able to choose my own seat, thank you!

There were a couple of EU immigration lines open and 2-3 non-EU. Being one of few EU citizens on a widebody from Russia had its advantages, as I was through in a couple of seconds, while the non-EU lines were rather hefty.

Through the luggage claim and customs I went and I found myself in the arrival hall.

First thing I did was to take a look around landside of LCA. The terminal was quite nice, I must say.

Check-in hall:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/a0a9e501.jpg

LCA curbside:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/f841f17f.jpg

FIDS:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/6576d4f0.jpg

Next I bought a snack at a cafe in the check-in hall, which I enjoyed downstairs in the arrival hall, where I found a bench with an accessible power outlet, to which I plugged my laptop to take advantage of the free WiFi.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/c796d56e.jpg

Here was where I spent the time waiting for check-in for my flight to open.

June 28

Around 1:00, 2:15 hours before scheduled departure time, I decided to again head upstairs to the check-in hall to see if check in was yet open. Turns out there were three desks open, and with only a couple of other passengers around I was assisted immediately. I asked for a window seat in the back, which was granted as I was assigned 31 A.

After I received my BP I headed straight for security, which only had one line open. Not that it was too little or anything, as I was through in a jiffy with only a few more passengers around.

Once airside I first bought a couple of water bottles for the red-eye flight, then I looked around the terminal a little before settling down in a quiet area where I simply just waited for my flight to depart.

LCA airside:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/20572969.jpg

During the time I was waiting I was asked some statistical questions by an airport employee. I bet my answers to questions regarding my travel plans were rather uncommon!  

Soon enough a gate was announced for my flight (LCA had the same stupid “we'll tell you your gate as late as possible” system as many British airports has), so first I went to a nearby cafe to see the bird assigned for my flight, before heading to the gate itself to wait for boarding.

LN-NIB “Helmer Hansen”, the same aircraft I snapped a photo of at ARN, when I left for TLL some 30 hours earlier.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/8ecd0c0e.jpg

Note the bulge on the fuselage, which meant free WiFi.

Gate area:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/81a79721.jpg

DY4402
LCA-ARN
Boeing 737-800
LN-NIB “Helmer Hansen”

Down the jetway I went to be greeted by a male FA in the forward galley of this Boeing.

I seem to recall the rest of the FA's were female, all around 30-35 years of age.

The aircraft were very clean and equipped with the SKY interior.

I sat down on my assigned 31A and surprisingly soon boarding was completed, and when things calmed down it was clear I was pretty alone in the back. The row behind me and the 3 seats across the aisle from me were all marked as “reserved”.
I'd estimate the load at about 60%.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/1a63094d.jpg

Legroom:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/018e7841.jpg

View out my window:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/7171973b.jpg

Cabin view:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/0be29a86.jpg

The standard slimline Recaro seat in this bird. Comfortable enough with pretty nice legroom. I can't complain.

The animated safety demo was played on the overhead LCD's as we pushed back.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/a80899cf.jpg

During taxi I spotted this OS retrojet:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/7a761b3a.jpg

LCA terminal:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/de7f9e57.jpg

A lengthy taxi followed to runway 22, where we took off quite powerfully in the dark.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/2bd5568d.jpg

Once in the air and the seatbelt sign had been turned off the crew announced that they would do one BOB run now and one before landing. I decided not to bother as I wasn't hungry and I still had the water bottles I bought in the terminal.
They also announced what movies they'd show on the screens but I don't recall them as I basically didn't care at all.

At this time I was getting very tired, so as soon as they finished their BOB run, I decided to move one row forward (to give the crew slightly more room in the back of the cabin) and stretch out over the block of three seats, I quickly fell asleep.

I slept quite good and didn't wake up properly until the crew had finished their breakfast BOB run, at this time we were somewhere South of Stockholm, with some 30 minutes left for landing.

The weather was great and crisp, with not a single cloud to spot.

This winglet is also quite pretty, I must say.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/6c5cf510.jpg

Cabin view in the morning:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/e1ecf12d.jpg

We soon begun our descent, just as we passed Södertälje:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/b02ae11e.jpg

I just sat there and enjoyed the views. I imagine that the people seated on the right hand windows got spectacular views over Stockholm, but in my sleep deprived state I didn't think about moving over there.

Anyway, we soon approached ARN, where we landed on runway 01R.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/c6d7f290.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/e8e53305.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/c69319d6.jpg

We sadly taxied to the domestic terminal 4, which meant we had to be bussed to international non-Schengen arrivals over at T5. I gotta say that I prefer the way SK is doing it, they tug the planes between the terminals when reallocating aircraft instead of bussing the passengers.

Parked at T4 next to this beauty:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/535a6347.jpg

Deboarding:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/63ef912e.jpg

During the bus ride to the terminal I did however get the opportunity to get up close to the TG 747, a nice little bonus that almost made up for the bus ride.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Cypern%202012/62617c0e.jpg

We were dropped off beneath Arlanda Norra where a quick passport control was waiting, and then my endeavor to fly a Soviet-Era airliner had come to an end.

To sum things up,

The trip was a success, as I managed to log the Il-96, which once in for all added a Russian jet to my log.

Estonian Air impressed me again. On my three flights with the airline I have yet to be disappointed and I like their service concept with a few freebies in Economy. Too bad they will go BOB in economy very soon, so maybe my opinion will change after my next flights with them in November, who knows?

Aeroflot wasn't overly impressive before the flight. Their website wasn't the best, and I'm very disappointed with how they handled the delay at SVO.
In the air, they were good enough. The flight wasn't cheap but at least I got a hot meal on an intra-European flight. I could see myself flying Aeroflot again in the future.
The Il-96 was a great catch. I wonder for how long they will keep the odd 6 in their fleet.

Norwegian was a pleasurable experience, not at all like my flight with them in March earlier this year ( Going Around In London! ARN-LCY/LGW-ARN (by deltamartin Apr 5 2012 in Trip Reports) ). Of course this was helped by the fact that the load was very light. But the cabin was clean and comfortable, and the free WiFi (which I didn't use this time though) is a very nice bonus.

TLL and LCA did their jobs, no complaints, I like both airports.

I was positively surprised of SVO. Not the smoothest airport for connections but easy enough, and the E and D terminals were nice (especially E). Terminal F did it's job, and was a nice flashback to another era.

Thank you all for reading my trip report, any comment or feedback is greatly appreciated.

My next report will cover a comfortable trip to Milan, with an unconventional routing to get there.

Martin


User currently offlineQuokkas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 14441 times:

Hi Martin,

What an amazing report. From your report and that of photophil, it looks as if Estonian offer a reasonable service. I do like the livery on their aircraft.

Great that after all the worry about an equipment change, you finally got to ride the IL96. Congratulations. While many of the old "Soviet" aircraft are disappearing, perhaps the photo that most captures the changes that have taken place over the last few years is the one showing the meal. There you have combined what used to be the symbols of mortal enemies: Aeroflot and Coca-Cola. Who would have thought it possible only 25 years ago?

Thanks for sharing.
Roy / Quokka


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26845 posts, RR: 58
Reply 4, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 14259 times:

Hi Martin  

Great report . Love the IL96 and you were lucky to catch it . Looks lovely inside and SU look good too. Last time I was in SVO was over 10 years ago so nice to see they have new parts as the old one really was USSR style!

Thanks for the nice pictures and read.

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlineraffik From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 1716 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 14200 times:

Great trip report- thanks for posting! Aeroflot seem to offer a good standard of service and that Il96 looked incredibly roomy!


Happy -go- lucky kinda guy!
User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 14048 times:

Hello Martin

Great report, thanks for sharing it with us!
Despite the delay I'm still glad you have gotten to fly the IL96!
Definate a rare aircraft and great catch in the log!
Nice to see ES-ASN as well, a very famous plane on the board!!
The DY Sky Interior looks good as well

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1653 posts, RR: 30
Reply 7, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 14021 times:
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Hi Martin,

A most enjoyable read on your quest to fly the IL-96. Nice to see you finally are able to add it to your log    Indeed not the cheapest of flights there but the money seemed well spent, you even got a quite decent hot meal on board. The cabin has quite some charm to it and I can only wonder how the sound of those PS-90 engines was   

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I strolled over to SkyCity

Since the a.net meet in Jan some time ago, this is now a familiar sight for me as well  

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
and the nowadays nonstop ET flight to ADD

You might expect the B787 some day soon as ET is touring it’s longhaul destination for a show off. Last week, it was in BRU.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
We drove to the very same parking position outside of the SAS hangars, and what did I find but the very same aircraft as well, ES-ASN
Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The flight was otherwise quite uneventful, after all this time ES-ASN only had one A.netter on board

Ha ha, it’s a small world! And full of nice coincidences. No a.netters spotted?

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Nose section

This is an easy one to recognize from far and quite distinctive from an Airbus or Boeing for that matter.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Cabin view during taxi

Those seats really look high, or perhaps all Russians are on the small side? No heads sticking out above the seats.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Overall, it was a decent economy meal.

So it looks like: nothing special but a nice treat to get one anyway.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The most interesting pages in the magazine

Found any mistakes?

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
They also announced what movies they'd show on the screens

Wow, IFE on an LCC? How long was the flight?

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I gotta say that I prefer the way SK is doing it, they tug the planes between the terminals when reallocating aircraft instead of bussing the passengers.

The difference between a (full) and an LCC maybe?

Sultanils



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User currently offlinegpbcroppers63 From Ireland, joined Jan 2008, 519 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 13764 times:

What a great report Martin. Really enjoyed it. I must try to get on an IL-96 at some point. They look really cool.

Glad the trip all worked out well despite the delay to your SU flight. Looking forward to reading about your next adventure.

Gareth



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User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2269 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 13694 times:

Hej Martin,

Good to see this report online--I've been waiting  

I guess SU was decent, but indeed these flights aren't that cheap--and the delay wasn't well handled at all IMO, but what could you expect at SVO, really? Eastern Europe clearly doesn't have the best customer service in the world... But, as you say, at least you got an airstair-boarding on this wide-body! It's good to get a seat in the 2-X-2.

Since you had an ongoing connection a delay could've been bad, but luckily you still made the connection back to Sweden. And, yeah, as we've said before, they really do take their question-asking seriously at LCA... Not a bad looking terminal indeed!

Thanks for your report, Martin. It was really nice to read!


User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1710 posts, RR: 14
Reply 10, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 13629 times:

Hej Martin, excellent report!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I have long wanted to log an aircraft from the Soviet-era. From the time when an aircraft was either western or Russian.

Well I suppose that era had ended long before we were born.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
But then again, Aeroflot still has one type of aircraft from the Soviet-era left in its fleet; the mighty Ilyushin Il-96.

Hmm, so the Superjet and that other Ilkyut or whatever it's called, are not considered Soviet era aircraft?

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
but I also realized that DY had lowered the price of their red-eye LCA-ARN flight by some 300 SEK, with a new price-tag of 619 SEK, or about 65 EUR.

Man that's a bargain price for such a long route. If all fares were like that, I would fly DY all the time, especially with their spanking new Sky Interior on the B738.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
giving me a lagom amount of time at SVO.

Hehe, nice to know that I'm not the only one using that word  
Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The 'inner sanctum' of the Scandinavian Lounge:

I call that place the "annex". Seaters are a lot less comfy, and you can sometimes hear quite some noise from the Business Lounge. But the place is nice and often times emptier than the main section.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The lounge was crowded as I arrived, and I had troubles finding a seat,

Really, does it really get that crowded? I've heard so much about those notoriously packed afternoon rush hours, but I've yet to experience one.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
A Eurowings CRJ900 was getting ready to push back at the gate as I arrived.

A plane I'm hoping to catch in 5 days! 
Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
At least the legroom is great here on the exit row, making it somewhat worth the hassle.

Hmm doesn't look that great to me, only marginally better than a regular row. Oh well nice enough for a short flight, I guess.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
This seems to be the textbook OV catering concept, and I find it quite nice.

Yes, such a shame to see them go down the shitter again with BOB service. At least I hope they'll still serve coffee for free.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The drink offerings were even better with sodas, juices and even hard liqueur available.

Man those drink offerings look excellent for being a 3rd party lounge. So you didn't fancy a Jägermeister in the morning, like most Swedes usually do on holiday?  
Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Terminal E was nice. The environment was calm, lots of available seats, and some nice places to shop and eat.

Nice to know that the transfer process was painless. How were the restaurant offerings, any reasonable prices?

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Two Superjets in one shot:

Hmm, looks like a mutated E-Jet.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Massive wing:

Hmm, looks like a mutated A340-300.

"Wheels Up!"
//Jonas



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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1118 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 13248 times:
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Hi Martin,

Was looking forward to this report once I knew you flew the IL-96.
Anyway another excellent report with a lot of great pictures, a very enjoyable read!
OV looks quite good, always nice to get some free snacks, too bad there going to do BOB in the near future. Catching the IL-96 for the first time must feel very, very good. For a minute I thought you would get an aircraft change, but luckily you didn't congrats! The meal service is looks quite good.
Flew DY for the first time last weekend and found them to be pretty nice, although it was only a flight of an hour! Nice to see there was a light load and you could get some sleep, something that barely happens to me!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
View of ARN after takeoff

Great catch, love these kind of shots!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):

That's one great looking winglet, is it not?

Looks quite nice indeed!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Two Superjets in one shot:

Nice catch, still have to see one in real life myself  
Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The bus dropped us off outside of the very same plane that was parked at gate 58 a few hours earlier, which was rather surprising.

hmm must''ve been fixed quite quickly then

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
And boy was the cabin roomy, with the lack of overhead bins above the middle seats.

wow, looks very roomy without the overhead bins!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I do not recall what the other option was, but I do remember it didn't sound bad either, it might have been chicken. Or pasta. Maybe.

hehe most probably it was one of them

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Cabin view, hipster version

wow, love the angle on this shot, beautiful!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Check-in hall

That terminal looks quite nice at LCA

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The row behind me and the 3 seats across the aisle from me were all marked as “reserved”.

I''m guessing for the crew? Did they use them at all or not that you know of as you were sleeping?

Looking forward to your next report

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlineCARST From Germany, joined Jul 2006, 810 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 12938 times:

Great report Martin. Good routing and choice of aircraft. Really a selection from the past and the present.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Cabin view, hipster version:

Liked that picture very much. I think a long-time-exposure version in not too turbulent air could result in something very interesting. Will try that on my next redeye flight.


User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 12940 times:

Hi everyone, and thank you all so much for the comments!

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 3):
What an amazing report.

Thank you very much, Roy!

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 3):
From your report and that of photophil, it looks as if Estonian offer a reasonable service. I do like the livery on their aircraft.

Indeed, I have yet to have them disappoint me. I also agree with you on the livery, it's great looking.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 3):
Great that after all the worry about an equipment change, you finally got to ride the IL96. Congratulations

Thank you!

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 3):
While many of the old "Soviet" aircraft are disappearing, perhaps the photo that most captures the changes that have taken place over the last few years is the one showing the meal. There you have combined what used to be the symbols of mortal enemies: Aeroflot and Coca-Cola. Who would have thought it possible only 25 years ago?

That's very true, I didn't really think about that. The world is changing.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 4):
Great report . Love the IL96 and you were lucky to catch it .

Thank you, Philip! I am indeed very glad to have logged the bird.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 4):
Last time I was in SVO was over 10 years ago so nice to see they have new parts as the old one really was USSR style!

Yeah, it was a nice airport to kill a few hours at. If ones walks between the F and D terminals one is experiencing two completely different airports.

Quoting raffik (Reply 5):
Great trip report- thanks for posting!

Thank you!

Quoting raffik (Reply 5):
Aeroflot seem to offer a good standard of service and that Il96 looked incredibly roomy!

Indeed, no complaints on the service in-flight, just the ground handling that was lacking. The Il-96 was indeed a roomy and comfortable plane.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 6):
Great report, thanks for sharing it with us!

Thank you for commenting, Marc!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 6):
Despite the delay I'm still glad you have gotten to fly the IL96!
Definate a rare aircraft and great catch in the log!

Indeed, it all turned out great in the end!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 6):
The DY Sky Interior looks good as well

Indeed, I prefer it over the ordinary 737 NG interior.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 7):
A most enjoyable read on your quest to fly the IL-96.

Thank you, Nils!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 7):
Indeed not the cheapest of flights there but the money seemed well spent, you even got a quite decent hot meal on board.

Yeah, this was most likely a one time thing but for this it was worth it.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 7):
The cabin has quite some charm to it and I can only wonder how the sound of those PS-90 engines was

I gotta say those engines was more quiet than I expected. I guess that's how it is with 4-engined aircraft.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 7):
You might expect the B787 some day soon as ET is touring it’s longhaul destination for a show off. Last week, it was in BRU.

Indeed it will visit us on Sept 20th.  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 7):

Ha ha, it’s a small world! And full of nice coincidences. No a.netters spotted?

Indeed! I did not recognize anyone sadly.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 7):
This is an easy one to recognize from far and quite distinctive from an Airbus or Boeing for that matter.

That is indeed very true.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 7):

Those seats really look high, or perhaps all Russians are on the small side? No heads sticking out above the seats.

Now that you say it those seats were probably quite high. I kinda liked it.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 7):
So it looks like: nothing special but a nice treat to get one anyway.

Exactly.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 7):
Found any mistakes?

I did not, but then again, I am not the expert at finding mistakes in the in flight magazines!  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 7):
Wow, IFE on an LCC? How long was the flight?

Block time was 4 hrs 15 mins.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 7):
The difference between a (full) and an LCC maybe?

Indeed, most likely.

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 8):
What a great report Martin. Really enjoyed it. I must try to get on an IL-96 at some point. They look really cool.

Thank you! The IL was indeed a very nice and interesting ride.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 9):
I guess SU was decent, but indeed these flights aren't that cheap--and the delay wasn't well handled at all IMO

Indeed, the big downside of my SU experience was the ground handling.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 9):
Since you had an ongoing connection a delay could've been bad, but luckily you still made the connection back to Sweden.

I'm glad I had plenty of time at LCA!

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 9):
And, yeah, as we've said before, they really do take their question-asking seriously at LCA... Not a bad looking terminal indeed!

Haha yes indeed! Let's just hope they keep it that way!  
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 10):
Hej Martin, excellent report!

Thank you, Jonas!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 10):

Well I suppose that era had ended long before we were born.

That's true, it's still quite a "recognizable" era for our generation as well.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 10):
Hmm, so the Superjet and that other Ilkyut or whatever it's called, are not considered Soviet era aircraft?

I'm not sure what the official definition is, but I consider a Soviet-era aircraft to be an aircraft that is developed in the Soviet Union, during the time of said Unions existence.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 10):
Man that's a bargain price for such a long route. If all fares were like that, I would fly DY all the time, especially with their spanking new Sky Interior on the B738.

Indeed, the DY I experienced during that flight is the DY I like.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 10):
Hehe, nice to know that I'm not the only one using that word

 
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 10):
I call that place the "annex". Seaters are a lot less comfy, and you can sometimes hear quite some noise from the Business Lounge. But the place is nice and often times emptier than the main section.

True, the fact that it's emptier is its best feature.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 10):

Really, does it really get that crowded? I've heard so much about those notoriously packed afternoon rush hours, but I've yet to experience one.

I've never experienced it being as crowded as it was that day.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 10):
A plane I'm hoping to catch in 5 days!

Have a nice journey! On your way to Rome I presume? I'll hopefully log OV's CRJ900 in November, after only flown a SAS example previously.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 10):

Hmm doesn't look that great to me, only marginally better than a regular row. Oh well nice enough for a short flight, I guess.

Great by '340 standards anyway.  
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 10):
Yes, such a shame to see them go down the shitter again with BOB service. At least I hope they'll still serve coffee for free.

Yes, will be interesting to judge them in November.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 10):
Man those drink offerings look excellent for being a 3rd party lounge. So you didn't fancy a Jägermeister in the morning, like most Swedes usually do on holiday?

I too was surprised over the quality of the lounge. And no, Jäger in the morning is nothing I fancy!  
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 10):
Nice to know that the transfer process was painless. How were the restaurant offerings, any reasonable prices?

There were a Burger King and a number of 'fancier' restaurants. Don't really know much about prices and offerings though, but I'm sure you'll find something suitable.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 10):
Hmm, looks like a mutated A340-300.

That's quite true.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 11):
Anyway another excellent report with a lot of great pictures, a very enjoyable read!

Thank you, Brendan!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 11):
OV looks quite good, always nice to get some free snacks, too bad there going to do BOB in the near future.

Yup, It'll be interesting to see how they will be like in November.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 11):
Catching the IL-96 for the first time must feel very, very good. For a minute I thought you would get an aircraft change, but luckily you didn't congrats!

Thank you!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 11):
Flew DY for the first time last weekend and found them to be pretty nice, although it was only a flight of an hour! Nice to see there was a light load and you could get some sleep, something that barely happens to me!

Glad you enjoyed them! Did you have WiFi and SKY interior?

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 11):
Nice catch, still have to see one in real life myself

I gotta say the bird is quite good looking.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 11):
hmm must''ve been fixed quite quickly then

I guess so! I wonder what it all was about though.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 11):
wow, love the angle on this shot, beautiful!

Thank you! I wasn't sure whether to use it in the report or not though, so I'm glad you liked it!  
Quoting adamspotter (Reply 11):
That terminal looks quite nice at LCA

Indeed, no complaints at all!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 11):
I''m guessing for the crew? Did they use them at all or not that you know of as you were sleeping?

Indeed for the crew. I believe most/all of them slept there during cruise.

Martin


User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1118 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 12823 times:
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Hi Martin,

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 13):
Glad you enjoyed them! Did you have WiFi and SKY interior?

It had the SKY Interior and WIFI (ARN-HEL) LN-NOR in seat 1F.. Unfortunately the WIFI wasn't working.. Not sure if it was because of my laptop (which was working everywhere else with WIFI) or due to the connection or something


User currently offlineKnightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1750 posts, RR: 18
Reply 15, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 12202 times:

Hi Martin

What an amazing report, you even got a picture of an SAS MD-80. So cheers for that mate!

But apart from that, I really greatly enjoyed your trip report. Estonian looks like a nice little airline and their livery is very cool, especially on the Embraer. It's quite amazing how Tallinn airport has changed. The last time I was there the entire finger dock wasn't there yet. It was a nice little airport.

As for the main even, what can I say? I think you have my greatest admiration for taking it upon you to transfer at Sheremetyevo, which used to be one of the great shitholes of this world, just to catch a specific aircraft.

The Aeroflot product looks rather decent in terms of the amount of the food you get, I'm not really so convinced with the presentation in clear plastic though, looks kind of cheap.

And then there's the Il-96, what a beast! Looks as though it were built to last in the true tradition of aircraft manufacture in the former Soviet Union. I imagine the cabin must look pretty amazing if you're sitting at the back, what with the missing overhead bins.

So what were the crew like and what was the noise level in the cabin like? Would you say it was the same volume as on a Western airliner?

Thanks for posting!

Cheers,
William


User currently offlinechristao17 From Thailand, joined Apr 2005, 938 posts, RR: 8
Reply 16, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 12081 times:

That picture of the meal on the Aeroflot flight with the Coca-cola and Aeroflot logo together caught my attention. When I was growing up in the 70s, nobody would ever have imagined that one day, Coca-cola would be advertising on an Aeroflot flight. My, how times have changed!

Thanks for sharing a very interesting trip with us.



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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6491 posts, RR: 55
Reply 17, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 11918 times:

Hi Martin !

Thanks for a great report on a very interesting trip ! Great pictures as well.

Very nice that you were able to go on an IL-96 ! Glad that things worked out well despite the delay in SVO. Hotel in TLL seems okay and very convenient with just a four minute walk to the terminal.

The IL-96 looks very old school inside so very interesting to see all the details. Meals looks nice; much better than the meal I had on my SU 777 flight 11 years ago.

Very much looking forward to your next report.

The777Man



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User currently offlinerafabullara From Brazil, joined Dec 2010, 38 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 11846 times:

Nice Trip Report deltamartin!

I've always wanted to fly one of those!


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39684 posts, RR: 75
Reply 19, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 11602 times:

Fantastic trip report!
Always a thrill to read about a IL_96 flight.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
RA-96011



You & I were on the same aircraft - RE-960011.
Yours had the new interior and it looks at though we sat in the same seat - sort of.
Worth noting, the photo on the box of the Herpa Wings 1:500 scale Aeroflot IL-96 is also RA-960011 and is in the Airliners.net database.

Superfly Completes Trip Around The World (by Superfly Jul 10 2006 in Trip Reports)

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I was extremely worried that my Il would be replaced by an Airbus.


The same thought was going through my head when I flew Aeroflot and Cubana.
On Cubana I flew the IL-62.
The return was supposed to be a Yak-42D but was substituted for another IL-62.
Luckily my Aeroflot flights were the IL-96 and TU-154 as scheduled.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
A left hand window seat on the second to last row of this widebody.

The very last row doesn't have a window, and seeing as this far back in the cabin the layout is 2-3-2 (or rather 2-0-2 as it's a galley in the middle on the last couple of rows), I'd say that 37A is one of the best seats on this plane.


We had the same seat but I had the older interior. I was in the last row on the left side of RA-960011.
At the time I flew, it was row 42.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The personal reading lights? You guessed it, built in to the seat in front:


That's the way it should be! I wish all interiors went to this seat up. I hate when people use reading lights on night flights.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I chose lamb because it's something I don't eat every day. It tasted decent enough together with the potatoes and hot vegetables, but not really great in any way.


Looks like you had a better meal than I did.
We just had ham slices, biscuits & cookies.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The most interesting pages in the magazine:


Way back in my day (2006), they had the IL-86, TU-154, TU-134 and IL-96.
The boring twins were new to the fleet.

Quoting christao17 (Reply 16):
When I was growing up in the 70s, nobody would ever have imagined that one day, Coca-cola would be advertising on an Aeroflot flight. My, how times have changed!


...and also part of the same airline alliance (Skyteam) with Delta - another Atlanta based company along with Coca-Cola.



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User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 20, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 11375 times:

Hello again! And thank you all for the further feedback!

Quoting CARST (Reply 12):
Great report Martin. Good routing and choice of aircraft. Really a selection from the past and the present.

Thank you very much!

Quoting CARST (Reply 12):
Liked that picture very much. I think a long-time-exposure version in not too turbulent air could result in something very interesting. Will try that on my next redeye flight.

Thanks again! That would probably get an interesting result, for sure.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 14):
It had the SKY Interior and WIFI (ARN-HEL) LN-NOR in seat 1F.. Unfortunately the WIFI wasn't working.. Not sure if it was because of my laptop (which was working everywhere else with WIFI) or due to the connection or something

Ah okay. It might have been some issues with the WiFi, I've heard it's down sometimes on some birds.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 15):
What an amazing report, you even got a picture of an SAS MD-80. So cheers for that mate!

Thank you, William!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 15):
Estonian looks like a nice little airline and their livery is very cool, especially on the Embraer.

Indeed, never had a problem with them. And the livery is indeed great looking.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 15):
As for the main even, what can I say? I think you have my greatest admiration for taking it upon you to transfer at Sheremetyevo, which used to be one of the great shitholes of this world, just to catch a specific aircraft.

I'm honored by your kind words. Perhaps it was a good thing I hadn't been to SVO before, seeing as it might have scared me off from doing this trip?

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 15):
So what were the crew like and what was the noise level in the cabin like? Would you say it was the same volume as on a Western airliner?

The crew was pretty much what I expected from a Russian crew. Rather impersonal, did their job just fine but I didn't get the feeling that anyone would even think of going the extra mile (or meter). Maybe a rather vague summary but hopefully you get the point.

Quoting christao17 (Reply 16):
That picture of the meal on the Aeroflot flight with the Coca-cola and Aeroflot logo together caught my attention. When I was growing up in the 70s, nobody would ever have imagined that one day, Coca-cola would be advertising on an Aeroflot flight. My, how times have changed!

That's indeed very true. The world is an ever changing organism and we can only imagine what we will be experiencing in the future that is seen as impossible today.

Quoting christao17 (Reply 16):

Thanks for sharing a very interesting trip with us.

Thank you for commenting!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 17):

Thanks for a great report on a very interesting trip ! Great pictures as well.

Thank you T7M!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 17):
The IL-96 looks very old school inside so very interesting to see all the details.

Yes, for sure not like the more common birds these days.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 17):
Meals looks nice; much better than the meal I had on my SU 777 flight 11 years ago.

Interesting to hear that. Seeing how much Aeroflot has changed in the last 10-20 years, who knows what kind of airline they will be in 10-20 years from now.

Quoting rafabullara (Reply 18):
Nice Trip Report deltamartin!

I've always wanted to fly one of those!

Thank you rafabullara!
I can only recommend you to fly an IL if you get the chance. I'd say it was money well spent.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 19):
Fantastic trip report!
Always a thrill to read about a IL_96 flight.

Thank you very much, Superfly!

Quoting Superfly (Reply 19):
You & I were on the same aircraft - RE-960011.
Yours had the new interior and it looks at though we sat in the same seat - sort of.

That's cool! I looked through your TR, it seems like the seat in the old interior had a similar design but a different color and fabric coating instead of leather, is this correct? Was there any other difference?

Quoting Superfly (Reply 19):
The same thought was going through my head when I flew Aeroflot and Cubana.
On Cubana I flew the IL-62.
The return was supposed to be a Yak-42D but was substituted for another IL-62.
Luckily my Aeroflot flights were the IL-96 and TU-154 as scheduled.

I can imagine! Glad to hear you flew the Il-62 though, I believe it's more difficult to get a flight on one of those than a Yak-42 nowadays? But then again, one flight on each would have been nice too, like you planned.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 19):
That's the way it should be! I wish all interiors went to this seat up. I hate when people use reading lights on night flights.

True, especially annoying when they leave it on after they stop reading...

Quoting Superfly (Reply 19):
Looks like you had a better meal than I did.
We just had ham slices, biscuits & cookies.

Wow, that's spartan!

Martin


User currently offlinevaus77w From Australia, joined Aug 2011, 143 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 10821 times:

Hi Martin, great report, thanks for sharing!

The Estonian E170 cabin looked very spacious and comfortable. Pretty decent meal offering too by the looks.

It's great you got to fly on an IL96, sounds like a very unique experience. With no bins in the centre, was there any issues with fitting everyone's bags in? Also, what was the noise level like, compared to planes of a simlar vintage, such as the 744 and A343?

And to top it off you got a sky-interiror 737! I'm yet to fly on one, but the cabin looks awesome. I'm a big fan of mood lighting personally.


User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1091 posts, RR: 32
Reply 22, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 10785 times:

Hi Martin ....

Excellent report and thoroughly interesting route and aircraft. Well done for taking the plunge and I was very happy it all worked out well for you buddy!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
As the line above might suggest, I have long wanted to log an aircraft from the Soviet-era.

Thankfully I've no appetite for the Rusky-planes!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
giving me a lagom amount of time

aaaah!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 1):
TLL terminal:

Wow it looks very compact from the air...

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Visiting Russia was something I had been wanting to do for a long time, and even if this was just a few hours at an airport,

I guess it is like meeting your very big brother for the first time!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 20):
As I started to do so, I was yelled at by a woman who just arrived to the transfer desk,

I think you would have been disappointed if you hadn't had this sort of experience in Russia!

It felt like a very nervous wait during that delay.

But I thought the offerings were good once onboard. I hate the FA uniforms... but it was good to hear the seat was comfy as they look very rigid. Meal tray looked fairly cheap... but appreciated non-the-less


The report fits in well also with the pictures from fellow spotters of the IL-96's arrival in LCA.

Many thanks

Luke!



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39684 posts, RR: 75
Reply 23, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 10362 times:

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 22):
Thankfully I've no appetite for the Rusky-planes!


Bad call my friend. Rusky-planes are fantastic and offer an experience that you just don't get on Western types.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 20):
I looked through your TR, it seems like the seat in the old interior had a similar design but a different color and fabric coating instead of leather, is this correct? Was there any other difference?


You are correct and the seating surface was cloth. Your flight looked a lot more pleasant than mines. I was told that the IL-96 interior on my flight was actually from an older IL-86.
It was totally believable because the interior was old & beat up yet the aircraft was only 10 years old at that time. Aeroflot was putting in old interiors in to their IL-96s at that time.
My seat wasn't properly bolted to the floor so my seat acted like a rocking chair. That was my in-flight entertainment while watch drunks get in to fist-fights and stand on their heads.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 20):
Wow, that's spartan!


I was a bit disappointed. I was hoping for beef stroganoff.

Quoting vaus77w (Reply 21):
Also, what was the noise level like, compared to planes of a simlar vintage, such as the 744 and A343?


I found the IL-96 interior noise to be about the same as a 777-200.



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User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8484 posts, RR: 55
Reply 24, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 10095 times:
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Nice read Martin, thanks for sharing.

Looks like a decent trip, goal achieved too, always a result!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
nor was there even a need to get a Russian visa, if one stays at SVO for less that 24 hours.

- Thanks, good to know.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
As I walked down the aisle the cabin did very much look like a Finnair aircraft. This wasn't surprising though since OV is leasing the aircraft from said airline.

- I do like that AY seat fabric, makes a nice change from the generally bland fabric colours used.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I did have to show my boarding pass for the third time in a matter of minutes.

- Sounds like US security!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
This terminal did have free WiFi though, in contrary to D and E.

- Odd that one has it but not the other two.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
my best bet at that moment was some sort of technical issue with our Il-96. At this time I was extremely worried that my Il would be replaced by an Airbus. With all the money I had spent on this very flight, it was not a good feeling, I'll tell you that.

- I can imagine, it's the thought of coming all that way, spend all those funds and not achieving the goal.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
And boy was the cabin roomy, with the lack of overhead bins above the middle seats.

- Looks very dated to, very square finished.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Seatback in front of me, the seat number is referring to the seat in front:

- Now I'm sure that causes some confusion.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
During the flight I did various tours around the cabin, snapping pictures here and there

- Good to see you never had any problems, I recall a Transaero TR and taking pictures was an issue.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
We sadly taxied to the domestic terminal 4, which meant we had to be bussed to international non-Schengen arrivals over at T5. I gotta say that I prefer the way SK is doing it, they tug the planes between the terminals when reallocating aircraft instead of bussing the passengers.

- Sounds like SAS do it right, like that.

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlinedebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2399 posts, RR: 4
Reply 25, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 10040 times:

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
the young SAS check-in agent told me, after checking my booking in her computer, that it's due to my ticket being a cheap one without any luggage allowance.
Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Too bad they will go BOB in economy very soon, so maybe my opinion will change after my next flights with them in November, who knows?

Seems Estonian is moving towards a copy of airBaltic...

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
not only did I find the usual 275 EUR fare for a SVO-LCA flight operated by an Il-96 on June 27th

Yeap, I wish I could fly on the IL96- having missed already the IL86. But the price is very steep, especially if you take in account, that some flights are operated by A330 instead.


User currently offlinebcal dc10 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 722 posts, RR: 4
Reply 26, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 10009 times:

Hi Martin,
Great TR. loved reading it. Am dying to try one of these Ilyushin aircraft, tho kinda tricky now I live in Miami.
Loved your TG 744 pic at the end... Yesterday I booked a flight from HKT to BKK and it's on a TG744 so can't wait for that...
Anyway, thanks for sharing.
Best, BCal


User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 27, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 9973 times:

Hi everyone!
Thank you all very much for the further feedback!

Quoting vaus77w (Reply 21):
Hi Martin, great report, thanks for sharing!

Thank you vaus77w!

Quoting vaus77w (Reply 21):

The Estonian E170 cabin looked very spacious and comfortable. Pretty decent meal offering too by the looks.

Indeed, I like Estonian Air in its current shape. We'll see how the new BOB will preform.

Quoting vaus77w (Reply 21):
With no bins in the centre, was there any issues with fitting everyone's bags in?

I didn't experience anything like that. Even towards the front where there were more people it seemed like everyone could store their bags without any issues.

Quoting vaus77w (Reply 21):
Also, what was the noise level like, compared to planes of a simlar vintage, such as the 744 and A343?

Like Superfly mentioned, it's not as quiet as say an A340 or 380, but still not as loud as older jets.

Quoting vaus77w (Reply 21):
And to top it off you got a sky-interiror 737! I'm yet to fly on one, but the cabin looks awesome. I'm a big fan of mood lighting personally.

I must say, the SKY interior is indeed a big step forward for the 737, at least aesthetically speaking.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 22):
Excellent report and thoroughly interesting route and aircraft. Well done for taking the plunge and I was very happy it all worked out well for you buddy!

Thank you Luke! I am indeed glad it all ended well!  
Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 22):

Thankfully I've no appetite for the Rusky-planes!

As Superfly mentioned, too bad! It was a really great aircraft to fly.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 22):
Wow it looks very compact from the air...

The layout is rather efficient for the traffic it is currently handling.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 22):

I think you would have been disappointed if you hadn't had this sort of experience in Russia!

Haha, that's a good point!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 22):
But I thought the offerings were good once onboard. I hate the FA uniforms... but it was good to hear the seat was comfy as they look very rigid. Meal tray looked fairly cheap... but appreciated non-the-less

That pretty much sums up my experience with SU.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 23):
You are correct and the seating surface was cloth. Your flight looked a lot more pleasant than mines. I was told that the IL-96 interior on my flight was actually from an older IL-86.
It was totally believable because the interior was old & beat up yet the aircraft was only 10 years old at that time. Aeroflot was putting in old interiors in to their IL-96s at that time.
My seat wasn't properly bolted to the floor so my seat acted like a rocking chair. That was my in-flight entertainment while watch drunks get in to fist-fights and stand on their heads.

Well, at least you got a proper Russian flight experience, by the sounds of it! 
Quoting Superfly (Reply 23):

I found the IL-96 interior noise to be about the same as a 777-200.

I haven't flown the 772, but based on what people have said about the 772's noise level compared to types I have flown, I'd say that that sounds about right.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 24):
- Thanks, good to know.

Indeed, the visa free transit worked well and I'm glad they offered such a thing.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 24):
- I do like that AY seat fabric, makes a nice change from the generally bland fabric colours used.

Agreed. Shame their new interior is in a generic grey color.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 24):
- Odd that one has it but not the other two.

Indeed, I guess it is to make at least one aspect of the terminal better than the other two.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 24):
- Looks very dated to, very square finished.

Yeah, not the best looking cabin, but cool nonetheless!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 24):

- Good to see you never had any problems, I recall a Transaero TR and taking pictures was an issue.

That's a shame. Luckily these SU gals didn't seem to be bothered about it in any way.

Quoting debonair (Reply 25):
Seems Estonian is moving towards a copy of airBaltic...

Very true, for better or worse. I even think the old BT CEO is currently CEO at OV.

Quoting debonair (Reply 25):

Yeap, I wish I could fly on the IL96- having missed already the IL86. But the price is very steep, especially if you take in account, that some flights are operated by A330 instead.

Indeed, I was very worried that my IL would be replaced by an Airbus of some sort. But seeing how it all worked out it was money well spent.

Quoting bcal dc10 (Reply 26):
Great TR. loved reading it. Am dying to try one of these Ilyushin aircraft, tho kinda tricky now I live in Miami.

Thank you very much, bcal dc10! I wish you get the chance to fly an IL one day!

Quoting bcal dc10 (Reply 26):
Loved your TG 744 pic at the end... Yesterday I booked a flight from HKT to BKK and it's on a TG744 so can't wait for that...

Glad to hear it! That TG 744 is rather iconic at ARN seeing how it's by far the biggest passenger aircraft to have scheduled flights to ARN, and it's easily seen from "popular" areas of the airport while parked.

Martin


User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 959 posts, RR: 0
Reply 28, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 9936 times:

Great report! Good that you got to fly the IL-96! I can only imagine how you must have felt during those hours at SVO hoping you would still it!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
after checking my booking in her computer, that it's due to my ticket being a cheap one without any luggage allowance

That's unusual. So because you had a cheap ticket you couldn't check in at a machine? Could you have done OLCI?

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I guess I better get used to seeing DY planes at Terminal 5:

They moved to T5?

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The first thing I did was to look through the D-E-F terminals at SVO, all of these are connected airside

Thanks for the little tour!


User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 29, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 9784 times:

Hi Martin,

Most interesting report, good for you to catch a ride with that IL-96, even at that steep price! SVO is quite a boring airport to be stuck airside for an extended time, but at least it looks like you managed to make the time fly. At least you can always spot some exotic airlines and plane types.

I flew an IL-86 back in 1987 (I think), that was quite an interesting experience. I (at the ripe age of 10 years) was quite intrigued how much nicer that plane looked and felt than the Tu-154 we flew down with.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
but I also realized that DY had lowered the price of their red-eye LCA-ARN flight by some 300 SEK, with a new price-tag of 619 SEK, or about 65 EUR.

Wow, that's a very nice price for such a long flight! Coupled with the low load on your flight it makes you wonder whether DY will be operating this route the next summer season...

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
To get to SVO in time for the 15:30 departure, there were no same-day options. So I decided on a 130 EUR ARN-TLL-SVO combo on Estonian Air,

Hmm, that's a bit steep for OV. You can get HEL-TLL-SVO for around 65 EUR and I'm pretty sure the ex-ARN fares are similar.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
but at some point of time I booked a night at Hotel Ulemiste, within walking distance of the TLL terminal, for about 55 EUR for the night.

Good idea. I spent a night here some three weeks ago mainly due to its proximity to the airport (and the 500 Finnair points I'd earn). I paid some 20 EUR more than you though, so consider yourself lucky in snatching that bargain!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Estonian Airs webpage states that the SAS Business Lounge is the lounge used by them at ARN, but since the lounge agent didn't state which lounge I was accepted in to I decided to try my luck by heading to the Scandinavian Lounge, and as this move didn't raise a single eyebrow I figured it was a good move.

Well I've always marched right into the inner sanctum without even pondering about it. If you're bold enough the crew probably won't question you.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Again I had a Ginger Ale, I must say I'm getting quite fond of the beverage.

Have you found out where to get that "Apoterkarna" brand in Sweden then? From the pharmacies?  
Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
A Eurowings CRJ900 was getting ready to push back at the gate as I arrived.

HAM or DUS?

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
At least the legroom is great here on the exit row, making it somewhat worth the hassle.

Is it really better? I don't think there's much if any difference.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
We soon begun our descent to TLL.

Nice sunshine shots there!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I also bought a little snack (dirt cheap) at a 7-eleven kind of store in the arrivals hall.

Come on, it is R-kioski, the Pressbyrån of Finland!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The hotel was nice, no complaints. It all was very modern and clean, standard amenities in the room.

My room was fine otherwise but it had this really persistent smell of piss in the bathroom. Like someone had done their business in the loo and then left it like that, unflushed for days. Oh and the sound proofing wasn't much to write home about either, in the morning I was woken up by my neighbors watching TV at high volumes.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The security check-in was fast and efficient, rather busy at the x-rays but no queue luckily so I was quickly through.

They nowadays also have a priority lane on the right hand side which could come handy during those few peak hours of the day.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The edible offerings was also quite nice with some crackers and spreads available, together with some sweet stuff.

Three weeks ago they also had some sandwiches during the morning - hadn't seen these before. Pretty nice idea.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The lounge isn't very busy with only me and a handful other people around. The lounge isn't very big so I can understand FlyingFinn's annoyance when it's crowded. It has 2 floors though, here's a view of downstairs – from upstairs.

Well I don't like crowded places. And I especially don't like them when they've full of annoying Swedes of all nationalities!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Last nights plane, ES-ASN and the hockeybird parked at the remote parking:

Shame the hockeybird livery is now gone. I certainly hope ES-ASO will be painted into the standard livery instead of remaining an albino (shudder) for ever.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
At one time I did get up to snap a cabin picture though.

It is still very hard for me to understand that this is an OV flight. Looks so much like those numerous Finnair flights I've taken...

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
At the intersection we had to hold for this SU A321 taking off from 25L:

Hah, I should be flying one in four days!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
As I walked in to the terminal, I felt very excited. Visiting Russia was something I had been wanting to do for a long time, and even if this was just a few hours at an airport, it was special for me.

Well this is not really Russia proper. Heck even the city of Moscow has really nothing to do with the real Russia, it's a whole another world, far richer than anything beyond it.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I'll be back to visit Russia properly one day, I promise.

Don't do it. You are too young to die.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I figured I should head towards Connecting flights.

Wrong assumption! You have to always visit the desk here!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Once this was completed, I was allowed out to SVO's Terminal E airside.

Hmm, sounds and looks like they have separate transfer facilities in all the terminals. The process sounds just the same as in the D terminal though.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
At this time the clock said about 11.00, Moscow time, and as my departure was scheduled for 15.30, I had plenty of time on my hands.

Did it not occur to you to check out the Diners lounge?

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
but the general atmosphere was a little too “chaotic” for being such a newly built terminal.

How come? I found it a very nice terminal, not chaotic or too busy at all.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
View of Terminal F from D:

Now that is one ugly building.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
This terminal did have free WiFi though, in contrary to D and E.

What are you talking about? There's a free wifi in Terminal D just fine and since E is right between the two I'd assume it has one as well.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Two Superjets in one shot:

Nice catch, kinda rare to have an opportunity like that, at least anywhere else in the world!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I also bought a model of an SAS A340, something I have been looking to buy for quite a long time. I never thought I'd finally buy it in Moscow! It cost 12 EUR.

Heh, sometimes the opportunities surface at the oddest of places.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I got to admit, I don't remember the exact details here, because what followed made me really worried, that I would not get to fly the Ilyushin.

That's a bugger, glad it turned out well in the end. Did you ask for any food & drink voucher because of the delay? I'm pretty sure they wouldn't give you one but just for the heck of it?

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The bus dropped us off outside of the very same plane that was parked at gate 58 a few hours earlier, which was rather surprising.

Well I guess they took it away somewhere in order for the mechanics to fix whatever it was that needed fixing and then just decided to board it at the spot instead of pulling it back to the gate.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
This was also the first time I boarded a wide-body via airstairs.

Never flown a widebody from FRA or CDG then?

BTW the boarding via the IL-86s own stairs is very interesting, first you take the stairs into the "luggage deck" where you take another staircase up to the passenger deck. This is how we boarded my IL-86 at SIP back in the days. I imagine the IL-96 still has this feature.

It was actually designed this way since the original idea was that the passengers would carry their own luggage onboard, deposit it at the lower level where the handlers would load it into the hold and the passengers could proceed to their seat on the second level.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The blue leather seat was very soft and hence also very comfortable.

Looks very, very Russian to me!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Like the famous air-vent nozzle on the seatback in front:

Hmm, I think the IL-86 had this too, very interesting concept and quite nice actually.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The tray table could be folded, just like some modern ones:

...or just like the Apple cover for Ipads  .

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I don't recall everything, but basically soft drinks, juices, water and wine was on offer.

Are you sure about the wine? All alcohol is supposed to be BOB only in economy.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Anyway, I chose lamb because it's something I don't eat every day. It tasted decent enough together with the potatoes and hot vegetables, but not really great in any way. The hot meal was served together with a plastic box filled with various extras, such as bread and a little salad.

Hmm, that looks quite substantial and okay, but I wouldn't dared to get lamb aboard an airplane, at least in economy. Lamb is just too easy to ruin by overcooking it.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The in-flight magazine was very thick! Most of it was in Russian:

...and most of it adverts for bling bling luxury goods for the "Novi Russki".

That copy is in appalling condition though, wouldn't accepted that into my collection!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
As I stepped out of the aircraft I could immediately feel the heat and the high humidity already in the jetway.

Ahh, just like arriving at Florida! Lovely  .

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
LN-NIB “Helmer Hansen”, the same aircraft I snapped a photo of at ARN, when I left for TLL some 30 hours earlier.

Ahh, the guy with the Hitler mustache.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
At this time I was getting very tired, so as soon as they finished their BOB run, I decided to move one row forward (to give the crew slightly more room in the back of the cabin) and stretch out over the block of three seats, I quickly fell asleep.

That is very nice. Nothing like a full lie-flat seat in Economy!   Wasn't it actually SAS who were selling this possibility onboard their longhaul flights - buy three middle seats for yourself to sleep on?

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 10):
Hmm, so the Superjet and that other Ilkyut or whatever it's called, are not considered Soviet era aircraft?

Jonas, what did you do during the history classes at school? Were on Facebook with your IPhone (R) (C) (TM) device?

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 10):
Man that's a bargain price for such a long route. If all fares were like that, I would fly DY all the time, especially with their spanking new Sky Interior on the B738.

Well every single flight has the cheapest tickets available. Just book well (and I really mean well) in advance, like the very day they are opened for sale.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 10):
Yes, such a shame to see them go down the shitter again with BOB service. At least I hope they'll still serve coffee for free.

No they won't.


User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 684 posts, RR: 21
Reply 30, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 9721 times:

Hi Martin,

excellent report here with some really nice pictures. Congrats of course for logging the Ilyushin 96, that's for sure something special.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
one May evening this year, not only did I find the usual 275 EUR fare for a SVO-LCA flight operated by an Il-96 on June 27th,

Wow, that's quite stiff, but I guess well worth it to do it once. At least you got some decent prices on your other flights.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
That's one great looking winglet, is it not?

Indeed, looks like you like nicely colored winglets. I do so, too, always nice on pictures.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
With all the money I had spent on this very flight, it was not a good feeling, I'll tell you that.

Oh dear, I can imagine how you must have felt in that instant. But fortunately it worked out in the end with the IL96.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Seeing as I got to board this magnificent aircraft from the apron instead of going through a jetway, it pretty much made up for any delay.

Indeed, that must have been great to board this plane from the apron. And very nice that you could have taken so many pictures. Cabin and seats also look quite different from what we are used nowadays, for sure interesting.

Again thanks for this special report
CaptainRed


User currently offlineLXM83 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 610 posts, RR: 5
Reply 31, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 9675 times:

Hello deltamartin

Great report, that Il-96 sure is a great aircraft to fly on! Your trip reminded me of my own Il-96 experience from SVO to HER.

Too bad about the delay - but it worked out fine fortunately.

Best regards, LXM83


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From France, joined Sep 2003, 5131 posts, RR: 55
Reply 32, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 9621 times:

Hey, Martin,

congrats to score the Il-96. Such a really good idea to do it this way.
Also nice pictures. A very good impression about these airliner.
OV looks like ok, also DY.

Well done and greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4253 posts, RR: 51
Reply 33, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 9332 times:

Great stuff Martin! You make me jealous with the Il96. You just did it, and I'm only watching the fares but never hit the 'book it' button   Maybe I should... 2013!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The bus dropped us off outside of the very same plane that was parked at gate 58 a few hours earlier, which was rather surprising.

Probably some last minute maintenance though, which needed attention at an off-side location from where you departed later on.

SU and SVO looks quite fine to me, also the meals, seatpitch, interior etc. I wouldn't mind a flight with this equipment. And I'll make sure that I get on one. Did they credit the FB miles without trouble?

Regards
Eric



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User currently offlinewin1290 From Thailand, joined Jan 2012, 280 posts, RR: 2
Reply 34, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 9160 times:

Hi Martin,

Very nice trip report on this rare aircraft, really enjoy reading it, thanks.

Great planning to get the Il96! The cabin looks absolutely spacious, the seats look interesting. This aircraft is certainly special.

Thanks a lot,

Win


User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 35, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 9153 times:

Hello everyone!
Thank you all very much for all the comments so far!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 28):
Great report! Good that you got to fly the IL-96! I can only imagine how you must have felt during those hours at SVO hoping you would still it!

Thank you, Robert! It was quite a nervous wait!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 28):

That's unusual. So because you had a cheap ticket you couldn't check in at a machine? Could you have done OLCI?

Yeah, I guess those SSK's can't block someone from printing baggage tags, so when someone has a cheap ticket where it isn't included they have to go to a manned desk. OLCI wasn't available either.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 28):
They moved to T5?

Yup, in June IIRC.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 29):
Most interesting report, good for you to catch a ride with that IL-96, even at that steep price!

Thank you Petteri!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 29):
SVO is quite a boring airport to be stuck airside for an extended time, but at least it looks like you managed to make the time fly. At least you can always spot some exotic airlines and plane types.

I didn't really find it too boring. And for sure some interesting equipment on the apron.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 29):

Wow, that's a very nice price for such a long flight! Coupled with the low load on your flight it makes you wonder whether DY will be operating this route the next summer season...

True, it was indeed a bargain.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 29):
Hmm, that's a bit steep for OV. You can get HEL-TLL-SVO for around 65 EUR and I'm pretty sure the ex-ARN fares are similar.

Yeah I believe ARN-TLL-SVO can be found for 80 EUR or so, but those tickets probably has to be booked more than a month in advance. These tickets were bought later than that, and no 80 EUR tickets were available even around the date(s) I booked my flight for.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 29):
Have you found out where to get that "Apoterkarna" brand in Sweden then? From the pharmacies?

Haha actually their Julmust is quite popular (and found in ordinary grocery stores   )! I haven't ever seen their Ginger Ale outside of the SAS lounge though.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 29):
HAM or DUS?

HAM IIRC.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 29):
Is it really better? I don't think there's much if any difference.

I'm fairly sure there is at least some difference.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 29):

My room was fine otherwise but it had this really persistent smell of piss in the bathroom. Like someone had done their business in the loo and then left it like that, unflushed for days. Oh and the sound proofing wasn't much to write home about either, in the morning I was woken up by my neighbors watching TV at high volumes.

Ah I see. No pee smell in the bathroom that's for sure. And I was only there during night hours so I didn't experience any sound from other rooms.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 29):
They nowadays also have a priority lane on the right hand side which could come handy during those few peak hours of the day.

Oh yeah, come to think of it I did notice it, but I didn't even think about the fact that I might have access to it.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 29):
Three weeks ago they also had some sandwiches during the morning - hadn't seen these before. Pretty nice idea.

Glad to hear they also offer something more substantial.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 29):
Shame the hockeybird livery is now gone. I certainly hope ES-ASO will be painted into the standard livery instead of remaining an albino (shudder) for ever.

Indeed, would be nice to see a S340 in the new livery.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 29):
Hah, I should be flying one in four days!

Oh yeah! Have a nice time in Japan!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 29):
Don't do it. You are too young to die.

Hah! Whenever I go there I'll likely stick to St Petersburg and/or Moscow so I'll probably be alright!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 29):
Did it not occur to you to check out the Diners lounge?

It did occur to me but I figured I'll spend the money on a "proper" meal at SVO instead, but for some reason I didn't end up doing that either so in hindsight it probably would have been a good idea to pay a visit to the lounge.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 29):
How come? I found it a very nice terminal, not chaotic or too busy at all.

Well, chaotic isn't really the proper word, I just used it in lack of any better term. But compared to other terminals of the same "era" like BCN T1 and LHR T5 I prefer those two over this one, this one was a little too "messy".

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 29):
What are you talking about? There's a free wifi in Terminal D just fine and since E is right between the two I'd assume it has one as well.

Well I read somewhere that only F had free WiFi, and I couldn't find any free working WiFi in Terminal E when I tried, so I assumed that it was correct.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 29):
Did you ask for any food & drink voucher because of the delay? I'm pretty sure they wouldn't give you one but just for the heck of it?

I didn't ask, again in hindsight, maybe I should have.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 29):
Well I guess they took it away somewhere in order for the mechanics to fix whatever it was that needed fixing and then just decided to board it at the spot instead of pulling it back to the gate.

Yeah that's what I'm thinking too.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 29):
Never flown a widebody from FRA or CDG then?

Two WB departures from FRA, both used jetways.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 29):

BTW the boarding via the IL-86s own stairs is very interesting, first you take the stairs into the "luggage deck" where you take another staircase up to the passenger deck. This is how we boarded my IL-86 at SIP back in the days. I imagine the IL-96 still has this feature.

It was actually designed this way since the original idea was that the passengers would carry their own luggage onboard, deposit it at the lower level where the handlers would load it into the hold and the passengers could proceed to their seat on the second level.

Oh that's cool! Wouldn't have minded to board the -96 that way. Gotta love solutions that isn't just a copy of what everyone else is using.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 29):
Are you sure about the wine? All alcohol is supposed to be BOB only in economy.

She did mention red wine and white wine when I asked what was on offer, they were served from tetras that stood on the cart. I didn't get the impression one had to pay for them.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 29):
Wasn't it actually SAS who were selling this possibility onboard their longhaul flights - buy three middle seats for yourself to sleep on?

That's possible, haven't heard of it though.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 29):
Well every single flight has the cheapest tickets available. Just book well (and I really mean well) in advance, like the very day they are opened for sale.

Well actually tickets for the flight I booked were sold for about 1000 SEK when I looked earlier in the spring, I guess they lowered the price once they realized the flight wouldn't have such a good load as anticipated.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 30):

excellent report here with some really nice pictures. Congrats of course for logging the Ilyushin 96, that's for sure something special.

Thank you, Captain!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 30):
Wow, that's quite stiff, but I guess well worth it to do it once. At least you got some decent prices on your other flights.

Indeed, it was a one time thing and seeing how it all turned out in the end it was worth it.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 30):
And very nice that you could have taken so many pictures

Yeah, I'm glad no one minded my picture taking, either at SVO or on the SU flight.

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 31):
Great report, that Il-96 sure is a great aircraft to fly on! Your trip reminded me of my own Il-96 experience from SVO to HER.

Thank you! I'm glad to hear you have also logged this magnificent bird!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 32):

congrats to score the Il-96. Such a really good idea to do it this way.

Thank you, Markus!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 32):
OV looks like ok, also DY.

Yeah, enjoyable flights with them both.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 33):
Great stuff Martin!

Thank you, Eric!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 33):
You make me jealous with the Il96. You just did it, and I'm only watching the fares but never hit the 'book it' button Maybe I should... 2013!

I hope you'll fly it one day too! Let's hope SU has some cheaper tickets for the next season.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 33):
Probably some last minute maintenance though, which needed attention at an off-side location from where you departed later on.

Probably.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 33):
And I'll make sure that I get on one. Did they credit the FB miles without trouble?

The FB miles were credited without any issues.

Quoting win1290 (Reply 34):
Very nice trip report on this rare aircraft, really enjoy reading it, thanks.

Thanks, Win!

Quoting win1290 (Reply 34):
Great planning to get the Il96! The cabin looks absolutely spacious, the seats look interesting. This aircraft is certainly special.

Indeed, it was a great flight on a great aircraft.

Martin


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 36, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 8911 times:

Hi Martin,

great report, very enjoyable stuff! Congratulations on getting on the IL-96, one of the few Russian aircraft I'm interested in. I considered flying TXL-SVO on Miat and SVO-IST on the IL-96 earlier this year, but it didn't materialize. Maybe I'll finally try to get on the type next year.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Again I had a Ginger Ale, I must say I'm getting quite fond of the beverage.

  

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The service round was also the same as on the flight in January, hot and cold beverages and a muffin.

That's a really tiny muffin!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):

Some 10 minutes after the scheduled departure time, almost an hour after boarding was supposed to commence, there was an announcement in Russian (all announcements were made in Russian first, and then in English) I didn't know what they said, but when it was interrupted by a big wave of sighs and chatter it was obvious that we wouldn't board anytime soon. I rushed to the closest FIDS to see what it was all about. My flight had a new gate, and a new departure time, at 19.00.
I never realized why all of this happened, as it was hard to understand the English announcements. I'm not even sure they gave a reason. But my best bet at that moment was some sort of technical issue with our Il-96. At this time I was extremely worried that my Il would be replaced by an Airbus. With all the money I had spent on this very flight, it was not a good feeling, I'll tell you that.

The newly assigned gate was 40, which was a bus gate. So no way of telling what aircraft I'd get in the end. All left to do was to wait.

Wow, I can imagine how you were feeling! But your plan worked out in the end, fortunately.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The personal reading lights? You guessed it, built in to the seat in front:

Nice, very innovative. I've only seen that on 9W's 77W.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Anyway, I chose lamb because it's something I don't eat every day. It tasted decent enough together with the potatoes and hot vegetables, but not really great in any way. The hot meal was served together with a plastic box filled with various extras, such as bread and a little salad.

That's doesn't look bad.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The most interesting pages in the magazine:

I can only agree. Btw - the engines on the A330s should be completely blue.  


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 37, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 8676 times:

Hi PH!

Thank you very much for dropping by!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 36):
great report, very enjoyable stuff! Congratulations on getting on the IL-96, one of the few Russian aircraft I'm interested in.

Thank you!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 36):
I considered flying TXL-SVO on Miat and SVO-IST on the IL-96 earlier this year, but it didn't materialize. Maybe I'll finally try to get on the type next year.

I hope you'll fly it some day as well! Let's also hope SU will have some more reasonable fares on IL flights next season.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 36):
That's a really tiny muffin!

Small indeed, but luckily it was tasty so it wasn't all that bad!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 36):
I can only agree. Btw - the engines on the A330s should be completely blue.

Haha I knew you'd find something!  

Martin


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 38, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 8348 times:

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 37):

I hope you'll fly it some day as well! Let's also hope SU will have some more reasonable fares on IL flights next season.

Yes, fares have been quite high. I would have had to spend some 200 Euro for the flight to IST.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 37):
Haha I knew you'd find something!

It's really odd that many carriers don't get fleet info right.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5073 posts, RR: 55
Reply 39, posted (1 year 10 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 7541 times:

Very cool. Thanks for the report Mr. Martin. I flew the IL9 last time between SVO and DEL and had a wonderful flight. Take a look: Aeroflot SU 535: 05/SEP/07: MOW-DEL: J Cabin (by Abrelosojos Dec 22 2007 in Trip Reports)

SU seems to be decent enough and I am glad you got a chance to do this. One thing I wonder in YCL is how they do cabin bags due to the mid row cabin lockers not being available.

Saludos,
A.



Live, and let live.
User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 40, posted (1 year 10 months 13 hours ago) and read 7150 times:

Hi A,

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 39):
Very cool. Thanks for the report Mr. Martin.

Thanks!

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 39):
I flew the IL9 last time between SVO and DEL and had a wonderful flight.

Interesting read, and good to see more about the product upfront.

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 39):
One thing I wonder in YCL is how they do cabin bags due to the mid row cabin lockers not being available.

I'm not sure how they would handle it on a full flight. The load was low enough to not pose as an issue on my flight though.

Martin


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