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Aeroflot Questions

Tue Dec 28, 2004 2:12 pm

This summer, I am planning to go to DXB. The cheapest way is on Aeroflot YVR-SEA-SVO-DXB. First of all, is Aeroflot a safe airline to travel on? Even though Aeroflot flies Boeing and Airbus planes, how is the maintenence? Is it safe to fly on one of Aeroflot's Russian planes? Also, what plane is used on the SVO-DXB route? I know it is a Russian plane. All replies would be appreciated.
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RE: Aeroflot Questions

Tue Dec 28, 2004 3:02 pm

Todays SU is meanwhile quite a safe airline as they are mostly in the international travel - the huge domestic network using the old TU104's and IL18's (just kidding for the plane types) is flown by seperated companies.
Maintenance wise I cant tell you anything.
SVO-DXB is usually flown by A320's and Il86/IL96 aircraft up to 3 times a day.
But there must be some experts from Russia around being able to tell you more.
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RE: Aeroflot Questions

Tue Dec 28, 2004 3:16 pm

I can assure you that Aeroflot is a great safe airline. they fly american made planes to america, european made planes to europe and russian planes within russia. Russian planes are very safe considering they were designed to take a punishment and survive. my advice is to fly Aeroflot.

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RE: Aeroflot Questions

Tue Dec 28, 2004 3:21 pm

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RE: Aeroflot Questions

Tue Dec 28, 2004 5:07 pm

I;ve never flown they yet,though may well do next year,however,i've a friend who flys them both long/short haul several times a year,he swears they are great.

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RE: Aeroflot Questions

Tue Dec 28, 2004 6:58 pm

I've always avoided them in my many (8) trips to SVO. But from talking to friends who have flown Aeroflot from LAX-SVO, 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-SVO route is $200-$300 below the competition.
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RE: Aeroflot Questions

Wed Dec 29, 2004 1:27 am

Oh Please..... I've flown on many internal Aeroflot flights recently, on Russian metal, and was perfectly fine. OK, service can be a bit rude sometimes, but money is money. They are flown by Aeroflot mainline, or by subsidiary companies under their control. SVO-DXB is mainline. Plenty of western airlines have poor maintenance records, are shady (Alaska airlines anyone?), etc. Just because it had a poor Soviet reputation, doesn't mean it applies now. Go for it.....
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RE: Aeroflot Questions

Wed Dec 29, 2004 1:55 am

I would love to fly on SU, but how do you find prices on them? They don't have online booking as far as I know
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RE: Aeroflot Questions

Wed Dec 29, 2004 2:14 am

would love to fly on SU, but how do you find prices on them?

I know Expedia, Orbitz and Travelocity will all book you on SU.

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RE: Aeroflot Questions

Wed Dec 29, 2004 12:42 pm

I found fares for Aeroflot on my travel agent's website ( ). The price for a flight to DXB is $1707, whereas LH is $2180, so there is a big difference.
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RE: Aeroflot Questions

Wed Dec 29, 2004 1:53 pm

The absolutely go for it. If nothing else, it will be fun! Oh, make sure you check with them about needing a transit visa. It is almost certain you don't, but better be safe than sorry....

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