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How Long Is The IL-62 Likely To Remain In Service?

Fri Mar 17, 2000 1:30 pm

I've never had a chance to fly on an IL!62 but have observed them operating from YYZ. It's quite a classic aircraft, and perhaps strangely, it makes me think less of the VC-10 and more of the DC-8-62, with its wing profile and similar flap layout. Despite being from a similar vintage to the DC-8, IL-62s were apparently produced well into the 1980s. Does this mean that the later-production examples will be around for quite a while longer?

If anyone has any takeoff/landing stories relating to the IL-62 I'd love to hear them also.

May the wind be always at your back . . . except during takeoff & landing.
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RE: How Long Is The IL-62 Likely To Remain In Service?

Sat Mar 18, 2000 3:20 am

It is more than likely we will see the IL62 in at least limited service until 2010, simply because Aeroflot and its subsidiary/competing airlines in the CIS have little choice but to continue flying them. They are a viable alternative to more expensive Western types or newer Russian typeq, but they seriously lack in passenger comfort and efficiency. There is still currently an IL62 flight to the US, VVO-ANC-SEA-SFO, but who knows how long this will continue.

I've flown aboard an IL62 only once, and the take-off was quite spectacular. First the push from the four Soloviev D30KUs, then the rapid acceleration, the roaring whine of the turbines (somewhat like a 707), and the leap off the runway and a climb rate similar to that of a 757. The aircraft is quite powerful, and has some interesting flying characteristics.

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Last Produceb?

Sat Mar 18, 2000 6:31 am

From all of the books I have on this subject, the last one I can find was produced in 1993. I don't know where it was produced.

When I was at Moscow's Domodedovo airport last year there were quite a lot of Il-62M's about but I was very surprised to see an 'original' one flying for Domodedovo Airlines. These one's won't be around for long, but the M version ... maybe 10 years?

The domestic airlines simply can't afford to replace them and besides, the Il-62 is a very rugged aircraft that can take a lot of abuse. It should really be replaced by another very capable aircraft like the Il-96 / Il96M - not just a cheap fill-in.
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Additional IL62 Info

Sat Mar 18, 2000 7:06 am

One thing about the IL62 is that it can operate into airports with limited access and primitive runways, such as Khabarovsk, Vladivostok, Novosibirsk, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatka, etc. This is why it is currently used for flights from the US West Coast into those cities. The only likely candidate to replace the IL62 for Aeroflot is the TU204, in a longer-range version, as most of the airports I listed, as well as many others throughout Russia, cannot accommodate widebody aircraft.

All IL62s, as well as other Ilyushin aircraft, are produced at the Ilyushin Design Bureau Production Amalgamation located in Kazan', Tartarstan. The aircraft were manufactured largely using parts made at a factory near Tashkent, Uzbekistan. I am unsure whether this production continues. Kazan' is the site of construction and flight testing.

Several former Aeroflot IL62Ms purchased by the now defunct OrientAvia were refitted with new cabin interiors and newer engine nacelle fittings/shells to reduce noise. This occurred in 1994-95. The aircraft were either parked or returned to Aeroflot as of late 1998. These IL62Ms will likely remain in service longer due to the extensive overhaul and rebuild they received.
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RE: How Long Is The IL-62 Likely To Remain In Service?

Sun Mar 19, 2000 7:59 am

The IL-62 has been well produced. Seeing as the CIS has no noise legistlation, I
am sure it'll go on for a long time. At YYZ, it is a visitor nowadays with Air Ukraine.
Until recently, Cubana flew theirs here, too, but sadly has replaced them with A320s
here (booooorinG!) The only other YYZ -62 I have ever seen is a LOT one (eons
ago in c1990), but I saw an Aeroflot one at YUL in August 1992. A very unusual
plane. Shame we don't see more like that these days
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Attn. Ilyushin96

Mon Mar 20, 2000 12:48 am

Hi Brit,

i have just read your postings about the IL62. Thanks for the info.

Are you sure about this current operation of Aeroflot from VVO to SFO?? last month i checked it intensivly (Source: AMADEUS) as iam IL62 fan, but no such flights. The SFO flights from SVO are with 767 or 777 but not with the IL62. Would appreciate your answer as it would be great to fly into SFO with the IL62.

(the only international routes with the IL62 which i know (also thanks to the helop of Thai747) is VVO-BKK and TAS-DEL (HY). In addition to some CU flights HAV-BUE.

Many thanks/Rgds

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For The IL-62(M) Fans.

Mon Mar 20, 2000 6:58 am


This post is just add a link to give additional data and opinions to those who are fan and/or curious about this venerable machine.

Check the topic titled "In praise of the IL-62M", Id=78161, posted by our fellow LHMark 55 days ago. There people can find additional information about the model and check comments made by people who like it, including myself.


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FYI For Amir

Mon Mar 20, 2000 3:22 pm

Hey -

Aeroflot flew the IL62 into and out of SFO in 1993 on the SFO-ANC-SVO route, but that has since been superseded, first by IL96-300 aircraft, then by Boeing 767-300ER. I am not aware that the 777 is used on that route at all.

Currently, as you mentioned, the IL62M flies SFO-SEA-ANC-VVO (Vladivostok), with stopovers in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatka, and ending, I think, in Khabarovsk (KHB). This route may have been discontinued or only seasonal. IL62s are used ONLY to the Russian Far East, as no airport there can accept a widebody.