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Trans-Russian. MOW-UUS-MOW Aeroflot In C  
User currently offlineskyslat2 From Russia, joined Mar 2012, 15 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 7 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 20904 times:

Hello!
This is my second trip report. Sorry again for my English. Hope you understand  

All photos were made via iPhone.

My last trip report was about short flight from Moscow to Krasnodar. This time, my employer sent me to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk for 2 days business trip.

From Moscow to Y-Sakhalinsk only two variants with direct flights: Aeroflot (A330 or IL-96Turbo) or Transaero (mostly 777-200 or 777-300).

As me and my colleague FF of Aeroflot, we decided to go SU. Last time I visited Y-Sakhalinsk in April 2011 and that times Aeroflot operates IL-96Turbo on daily basis, but last week agent said that we will go on A330.

Short information:
DATE: 13 JAN 2013
Flight: Moscow Sheremetyevo - D (SVO) - Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (UUS)
Aircraft: A330-343X
Registration: VQ-BMX (named S.Sakharov) delivery date - April 2012 (quite new)
Departure: 1750
Actual departure: 2030 (due to heavy snowfalls in Moscow, long line for de-ice and take-off)

I start from some photos of Business Lounge (named "Classica" for domestic flight)
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3316.jpg

Average list of drinks
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3317.jpg

Snacks zone
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3319.jpg

Ceiling styled as runaway
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3320.jpg

At gate. boarding via bus
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3322.jpg

Aeroflot have started to use SKY PRIORITY brand (like DL)
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3323.jpg

Boarding agent. In Moscow was around -17C these days
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3327.jpg

We have arrived
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3333.jpg

I like this view
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3337.jpg

Seats. Aeroflot started to re-build A330 and place seats with 180' flatbed
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3338.jpg
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3339.jpg

We started with champagne and some juices
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3345.jpg

All seats have usb
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3346.jpg
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3347.jpg
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3350.jpg

Menu and Wine list was distributed before departure
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3352.jpg

Menu (English)
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3354.jpg

Shortly after take-off all PTV system restarted
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3355.jpg

Service starts: towel
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3356.jpg

Cold snacks and ROSE!!! was unexpected
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3362.jpg

Starter
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3365.jpg

Salad
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3367.jpg

Soup (Russian UHA)
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3368.jpg

Main course - Fish
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3370.jpg

Desert 1
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3371.jpg

Desert 2 was ice-cream, but I take a decision to go sleep.... (it was really huge volume of food)  

I didn't take breakfast, as I was full after dinner. Cabin crew wake me up 30 min before landing. Far east of Russia
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3375.jpg
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3378.jpg

unboarding. -30C
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3383.jpg

Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk airport bus
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3384.jpg

Airport
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3386.jpg

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I spent 2 business days in Y-Sakhalinsk. On the morning before departure we have spent at local market. So you can see most common products. Prices - 1KG of crab-meat ~ $100

http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3411.jpg
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3412.jpg
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3413.jpg
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3419.jpg

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After market, we come to airport. Here is foto of small airport of Y-Sakhalinsk
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3432.jpg

Our A330 already landed
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3431.jpg

some airport views
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3434.jpg
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3427.jpg

Business lounge - max capacity - 20-25 people, not more....
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3423.jpg
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3436.jpg
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3435.jpg

Check-in area
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3426.jpg

pre-boarding room
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3440.jpg

My return flight information:

Short information:
DATE: 16 JAN 2013
Flight: Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (UUS) - Sheremetyevo - D (SVO)
Aircraft: A330-343X
Registration: VQ-BPK (named Kulibin) delivery date - October 2012 (new)
Departure: 1210
Actual departure: 1220

Overview
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3444.jpg

Transaero 777-200 just landed from Moscow / Domodedovo
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3446.jpg

really friendly cabin-crew started with drinks
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3447.jpg

Same seats. Smells new
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3454.jpg
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3453.jpg

Transaero 777-200
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3467.jpg

Snowywind on u-turn in the end of runaway
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3472.jpg

Y-Sakhalinsk after take-off
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3476.jpg
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3477.jpg

Menu. Menu was from Y-Sakhalinsk, Wine list was the same.
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3457.jpg

Heading to Moscow. 9hrs flight ahead
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3479.jpg

Snacks. I like wine - Pfefferer (white italian wine, best wine on Aeroflot flights)
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3482.jpg

Service
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3483.jpg

Starter
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3486.jpg

Salad
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3487.jpg

Soup. Russian borscht
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3488.jpg

Main course. Fish again
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3490.jpg

Desert. On return leg desert was only 1
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3492.jpg

Seat in sleeping position
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3493.jpg

shot from economy cabin
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3495.jpg

Lunch before landing. Crab meat...
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3498.jpg

Sheremetyevo Airport
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3499.jpg

Some another A330
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3508.jpg

Sukhoi SuperJet
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3515.jpg

DonAvia A319
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/IMG_3522.jpg

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My conclusion that quality of service is really good.

34 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlinetoobz From Finland, joined Jan 2010, 779 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 7 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 20704 times:

Your report was very good..don't ever worry about your English   everyone I'm positive understood every word.

I'm always amazed at how good the C product looks on SU. Service and meals looked plentiful.

Thanks for taking the time to write it!


User currently offlinefinnishway From Finland, joined Jul 2012, 308 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 7 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 20695 times:

Thanks for sharing this!

I have been a fan of Aeroflot for a long time, though I have never flown with them. I like their livery and blue/orange interior. Their service also seems to be nice.

finnishway


User currently offlinekamloops From Canada, joined Nov 2010, 79 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 7 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 20014 times:

Great Trip Report,

Was just looking at Kayak, and can't get over the cost for a one way ticket in Feb, the cost was coming at $130 USD per person (taxes included) for an 8.5 hour flight, makes me want to get a Russia visa just so I can do the flight


User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1926 posts, RR: 24
Reply 4, posted (1 year 7 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 19977 times:
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Thanks for sharing your trip with us!

Aeroflot J looks really nice, with lots of plentiful food. How long was your visit? It looks cold there!

I really would like to try them sometime - since Aeroflot is part of SkyTeam, I'm hoping to cash in some SkyMiles sometimes and fly with them to Europe!

Best,

Matthew


User currently onlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2281 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (1 year 7 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 19812 times:

Hi SkySlat2,

Nice report detailing your SU C class experience. I used an award ticket recently to buy a Business Class ticket from JFK to OTP via SVO for June and was wondering how it would be. Service looks really good overall and your report answers many questions.

Thanks for posting!


User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (1 year 7 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 19554 times:

Hey skyslat2! I never thought I would see a report about UUS here. Thanks for putting this together, what a treat! I love reports about the far east end of Russia and I've always been curious about Sakhalin.

Quoting skyslat2 (Thread starter):
This time, my employer sent me to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk for 2 days business trip.

Wow, kind of brutal to have to fly so many hours and across so many time zones only to have to go back after 2 days. Even though I'm not sure you'd like to have stayed longer given that it was -30C...

Quoting skyslat2 (Thread starter):
Shortly after take-off all PTV system restarted

Ouch, that's not good...

Quoting skyslat2 (Thread starter):
After market, we come to airport. Here is foto of small airport of Y-Sakhalinsk

Thanks for all the photos!

Widebodyroga



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User currently offline9w748capt From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 573 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (1 year 7 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 19200 times:

Wow what an awesome report - I don't believe we've seen Y-Sakhalinsk on here. Excellent! Your english is totally fine - no worries at all! I have to say though, the "runaway" lights cracked me up - just teasing  

SU's service looks fantastic - I was getting full just seeing the multiple courses on your outbound meal. Amazing!

May I ask which business you work in? Just have never heard of Y-Sakhalinsk so I'm just curious. Seems as though there is a significant amount of premium traffic there though if SU+others are all flying widebodies there!


User currently offlineadriaticflight From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 516 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (1 year 7 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 18840 times:

Quoting 9w748capt (Reply 7):
Just have never heard of Y-Sakhalinsk so I'm just curious. Seems as though there is a significant amount of premium traffic there though if SU+others are all flying widebodies there!

Oil Oil Oil, Gas Gas Gas   This part of Russia has natural resources galore! I think they have used widebodies for a longtime. This distance from Moscow to Shakalin Island is like that from Europe to the US Midwest.


User currently offlineAleksandar From Serbia, joined Jul 2000, 3236 posts, RR: 32
Reply 9, posted (1 year 7 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 17799 times:

Hello there!
Your TR is just great! Thanks for sharing it with us!



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User currently offlineVir From India, joined Dec 2012, 1 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 7 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 17728 times:

Very nicely done TR. Very informative as well. The terrain looks really something.. Thanks for sharing  

User currently offlineskyslat2 From Russia, joined Mar 2012, 15 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (1 year 7 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 17408 times:

Hello!
many thanks.

Some answers
May I ask which business you work in? - banking, we have some assets there.
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Wow, kind of brutal to have to fly so many hours and across so many time zones only to have to go back after 2 days. Even though I'm not sure you'd like to have stayed longer given that it was -30C...

nothing to do there more in winter time, summer and fall - beautiful: fishing and birds watching  
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Was just looking at Kayak, and can't get over the cost for a one way ticket in Feb, the cost was coming at $130 USD per person (taxes included) for an 8.5 hour flight, makes me want to get a Russia visa just so I can do the flight

yes, economy class costs not high. you can continue from UUS to VVO or via Asiana to Seoul  


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3221 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (1 year 7 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 17333 times:

Nice report! You took some great photos! I was booked to go to Yuzhno Sakhalinsk and Khabarovsk a few years ago, but I had to cancel at the last moment....wouold be great to go sometime, although maybe in the summer!


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User currently offlineEL-AL From Israel, joined Oct 2001, 1298 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (1 year 7 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 17254 times:

Very interesting report, thank you for shearing!

I never saw a report from that part of the world. Disembarking by bus on -30C! Unbelievable! Can't understand how people can live in this climate.

Aeroflot service looks great.



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User currently offlinecaleb1 From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 359 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (1 year 7 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 16866 times:
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I enjoyed your report very much. It was very very good. Thank you.

User currently offlineMilesDependent From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 856 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (1 year 7 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 16787 times:

Awesome report. Very unique. I can't believe how friggin' cold it looks there!!!! Look forward to reading more from you!

User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1091 posts, RR: 31
Reply 16, posted (1 year 7 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 16679 times:

Fantastic report..

I had to Google map that destination. That is fascinating to travel out there, and have such a long haul flight WITHIN your own country.

The climates seem brutal and amazing... I admire how well Russians manage with the cold  

Luke



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User currently offlinecx777fan From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 294 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (1 year 7 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 16464 times:

Thanks for a great trip report and wonderful photos. Aeroflot's domestic business product looks very good - though of course a 9 hour flight is medium to long haul international anywhere else in the world, so the comfort, food and service are completely necessary!

User currently offline9w748capt From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 573 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (1 year 7 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 16150 times:

Quoting skyslat2 (Reply 11):
Was just looking at Kayak, and can't get over the cost for a one way ticket in Feb, the cost was coming at $130 USD per person (taxes included) for an 8.5 hour flight, makes me want to get a Russia visa just so I can do the flight

yes, economy class costs not high. you can continue from UUS to VVO or via Asiana to Seoul  

Wow that is absurdly cheap and tempting - I wonder how much it costs to upgrade to J? Might be well worth it!!!


User currently offlineYirina77 From Czech Republic, joined Aug 2006, 632 posts, RR: 32
Reply 19, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks ago) and read 14752 times:

Privet Oleg,
thank you so much for your trip report. I´m always interested in reports from Russian Far East, I still remember my trip to Petropavlovsk 2 years ago.
Great to have some more trip reporters from Russia on A.net!

Yirina



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User currently offlineRyan h From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 1542 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 14680 times:

Excellent report.

Russia looks big on the map, but your flight shows how big it really is.



South Australian Spotter
User currently offlineCairnterriAIR From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 402 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 14565 times:

I enjoyed reading this report as well as looking at your excellent photographs. Thank you so much for sharing an interesting report from a very far away place. The food served aboard both flights looks delicious and the cabin service gracious and welcoming. What amazed me was how small the destination airport was to be served by such large aircraft. How often do the flights operate there? Daily service to Moscow? There must be a demand as from looking at the picture you took from the rear of the cabin, the flight appeared full. In any rate....I enjoyed your report.

User currently offlinereffado From Brazil, joined Feb 2012, 226 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 14280 times:

A very good read! And I'm surprised! From your pictures, even Y looks rather good on Aeroflot, which was something I wasn't expecting. Puts TAM to shame! If I ever get the chance to visit Russia, I already know what airline I'll be flying!

User currently offlineaerdingus From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 2826 posts, RR: 15
Reply 23, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 13734 times:

I always enjoy reading trs on SU, especially to far away places like UUS. Looked like a very nice flight! Personally don´t know if I could stomach all that fish though!

Spaciba for sharing  



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User currently offlinenethkt From Thailand, joined Apr 2001, 1079 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 13152 times:

WOW - this is probably longest domestic flight serves by an A330! 9 hours and still, you are in the same country.

SU is just getting better and better I guess. With the newer fleet and modernized Russian hospitality, I wish for them the best.

I always like the rough/macho looking of Russians, I love this military look lol

Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful trip report.
Cheers,
net-HKT



Let's just blame it on yields.
25 fidelidade : Nice report. I can't understand why you think your English is bad. Come to South America and you see poor English!
26 Post contains images stipica : Hi skyslat2 ! pearl ... pure pearl ... domestic , 9 h , AF flight in business ahhhh and rose is always orange? ... can I have two suitcases please ! o
27 Post contains images Ideekay : Hi skyslat2, Thank you for this nice trip-report and don't worry about your english Always wanted to see a trans-russian TR as its fascinating to fly
28 adamspotter : Hi skyslat2, Nice report, really enjoyed it. Quite interesting to see that a domestic Russian flight can last 9 hours! Aeroflot C looks quite nice, yo
29 skyslat2 : >>> I wonder a bit how they get all the passengers into the terminal at UUS, such a tiny terminal. Could you say something about the load on
30 theobcman : Great report - thanks. SU look really good on their 330's. The new 77W's should be really nice as well. 9 hours for a domestic is incredible - the sca
31 skyslat2 : theobcman - yes, Classica lounge is worst lounge if compete with other lounges in capitals but best within all russian airports. Next week I'm plannin
32 theobcman : That is good news - looking forward to that if you go.
33 skyslat2 : Wow! this report still alive. didin't find it before in archive.
34 Post contains images United1689 : Excellent report skyslat (or Oleg )! I enjoyed reading it! SU's A330s as well as their soft product both look great and professional although I can't
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