Photo © Sam Chui
A few months after this photo was added, I received the following Email from Domodedovo Airlines. I have to say that I am most impressed with the amount of support they put behind such a small issue - just a photo!!!...
JSC "Domodedovo airlines" express you the sincere respect.
We keep up the information on you web-site with interest and we are very glad, that the aircrafts of "Domodedovo Airlines" are present in Category "Passenger Aircrafts". Every year more then 600 thousands passengers make flights on the boards of our aircrafts at average extent of a route more 5 000 kilometers.
Aircrafts of our company flights in very difficult climate conditions. The geography of our flights is widest and include all climate zones from tropic on the south to permafrost on the north.
Difficult meteorological conditions of the airports dictate high requirements to the crews of aircrafts. We can ascertain with pride, that our pilots and cabin attendants are one of best in Russia.
Recently at your site was published the photo of a taking off airplane IL-96-300 at the airport Phuket at the 19th January 2003 with the frightening comments. We attentively considered this situation and conducted investigation of circumstances of take-off of an airplane of our Company.
In view of meteorological conditions and available take-off distance at the airport Phuket we checked up calculations of the ascent data for an airplane.
>From calculations follows:
-Allowed weight for take-off = 237 tons;
-Actual take-off weight = 232 tons;
-Decision speed = 250 kms/h V1 = 150 knots (IAS);
-Take-off safety speed at the H=35 feet V2= 298kms/h=161 knots (IAS);
-Actual take-off speed at the H=35 feet V2=321 kms/h=173 knots (IAS);
-Actual gradient of climb - 7%.
Thus, the calculations show, that at fulfillments of the specified take-off, even in default of one of engines in the most responsible moment - at the moment of separation of the airplane from ground - the threat to safety of flight did not exist.
The same time, meaning, that the airplane had the large takeoff weight and flew by duration more than 10 hours, looks quite proved, that the crew had to use for take-off the most part of an ascent band, in full conformity with computational parameters and holding all norms of safety.
For an airline to simply see a photo and delve into all this in response is something I find very reassuring.