"a very popular aircraft which served the Soviet Union and its ally nations for over four decades."
- actually, a bit less: the first commercial flight was on September (9th ?), 1967. The aircraft was Aeroflot workhorse along with Il18 mostly in 70's, before more Tu154s came. The first jet I ever flew on - I remember 4 hours 1 stop flight where a year before it was 8 hour 2 stops flight on Il18... My first trip abroad (Riga to Stockholm) was on Tu134 too - and it is the only Soviet built aircraft that I flew on more abroad than inside the former USSR
! Was on it last time on Dec 29th, 1992, OK
flight from Prague to Riga...