I've always avoided them in my many (8) trips to SVO
. But from talking to friends who have flown Aeroflot from LAX
, the service/comfort is a bit below western standards. This probably has something to do with the Russian persona. Although they are some of the nicest people in the world, it takes some warming up before you can "click" with the average Russian. My guess is their standoff-ish personalities may present the cabin crew as rude, etc.
It's interesting, because my Russian friends absolutely HATE Aeroflot and swear that they are treated poorer than the foreign passengers. Ironically, my Russian friends always end up flying SU
because it is always priced well below the competition.
In terms of safety, I wouldn't worry. The internal Russian flight may concern me a bit though. My dad is an airline pilot and there are certain airlines he doesn't like my family to fly. He's told me that for my travels to SVO
, he has no objection with Aeroflot because of their modern planes which are likely maintained in America or Europe as they are primarily leased. Again, I probably wouldn't choose as a first choice to fly the internal Russian flight, although you can look at how many Russian flights operate each and every day without event. Overall, I'd skip Aeroflot and go with another airline...but I don't know what type of price difference you're looking at. I think the norm for the LAX
route is $200-$300 below the competition.
I love America. I guess that makes me Bush's poodle, but I'd rather be a dog in New York City than a prince in Riyadh.