CroCop
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Flying To Russia

Sat Dec 02, 2006 12:10 pm

If you were to fly to Russia, say St.Pertersburg who would you fly on?
Has anybody flown into St Pete? what to do once in St. Pete?

Thanks for any help.
Mirko "CroCop" Filipovic
 
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RE: Flying To Russia

Sat Dec 02, 2006 12:18 pm

Pulkovo are based at St. Petersburg, so if there is a flight with them departing your local airport chances are it will go to LED.

The likes of BA, AF and LH also fly, so a connection via one of their respective hubs may be in order.

I've not flown to LED but I have been to MOW - from what I've been told by my Russian friend, photography of aircraft at the moment will get you into some serious trouble, wherever in the country you are.

He reckons it's best to leave it six months and it'll have calmed down again.

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RE: Flying To Russia

Sat Dec 02, 2006 2:07 pm

Quoting JakTrax (Reply 1):
He reckons it's best to leave it six months and it'll have calmed down again.

Am I missing something? is something going on over their?

Thanks for the tips, thanks a ton.
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RE: Flying To Russia

Sat Dec 02, 2006 9:40 pm

better to fly a Russian airliner. I don't think they carry radiation material on their own planes. then again!
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RE: Flying To Russia

Sat Dec 02, 2006 9:55 pm

The European airlines flying to LED are AF, AZ, BA, OK, BT, AY, 4U, KL, TE, LO, LH, DY, SK, SN, TK, OS and IV. Quite well served, also by Russian airlines. Feel free to add or make corrections to the list.
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RE: Flying To Russia

Sun Dec 03, 2006 5:10 am

I went to St. Petersburg in April. I flew Aeroflot from IST via SVO. Here's the trip report:
http://www1.airliners.net/discussions/trip_reports/read.main/76333/

The airport is rather small. The domestic terminal does not have any jetbridges, so you get off the plane and get bussed to the terminal. It's a fairly long wait for baggage there.

I flew out of LED at the international terminal. It was reasonable, although there is a security check before you are allowed in to the airport. There is another layer of security at the gate. It's a small airport, but not that unreasonable or anything. They have 4 jetbridges at the international terminal that are used by the carriers that serve LED. For a city of 4 million, LED is not very well served. It's a lot more fun to fly on a Russian jet if you go visit Russia, and they won't be around for much longer.

I flew Lufthansa out of LED. Here's the trip report
http://www1.airliners.net/discussions/trip_reports/read.main/75998/

Quoting JakTrax (Reply 1):
I've not flown to LED but I have been to MOW - from what I've been told by my Russian friend, photography of aircraft at the moment will get you into some serious trouble, wherever in the country you are.

I'm not sure what you mean by that. I took pictures in Russia. I took quite a few. People were only getting hassled if they were video recording. Photos were no big deal.

I took this picture when I got off of a Aeroflot Tu-154 in St. Petersburg.
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RE: Flying To Russia

Sun Dec 03, 2006 5:27 am

I'm in LED. Yes out of AMS I would also fly on FV (Pulkovo) which for the time being still gives you a chance to fly the Tu-154. They are slowly being replaced by B735's on the European flights.
As you may know Pulkovo recently merged with Rossiya and will be known in the future as Rossiya. Have a look at the website and you'll see some pics of the other aircraft in the fleet (incl. Tu-204).
Obviously depends what you want to do after being in LED. If you want to just fly around I would suggest getting flights on either Yak-40, Il-114 or Tu-134 which will start to disappear soon. Send me a message when you're going to be out here.
About pics... yes that is still sensitive issue. If they see a potential terrorist in you you could get the rough treatment. Spotting is not understood in Russia and you wouldn't even get a chance to explain so better be careful.
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RE: Flying To Russia

Sun Dec 03, 2006 6:21 pm

Hi guys,

I'm LED's spotter. So just some additions.

Yes, thats all true - LED is relatively easy accesable airport from Europe. For flying from here I usualy use SAS and Lufthansa, but Finnair as well time by time.

Yes, airport is small for the city with about 5 (!) mln. population  Wink. Domestic terminal was the best one in Russia at soviet time, but time changed and former managing team at Pulkovo did nearly nothing to seriously improve situation for about dozen of years. Shameless exploiting of monopoly position and former achievments - thats was the administration style.

Quoting FVTu134 (Reply 6):
Pulkovo recently merged with Rossiya and will be known in the future as Rossiya

There is no more Pulkovo Airliners since October, 30. Amen...

Quoting FVTu134 (Reply 6):
other aircraft in the fleet (incl. Tu-204).

Tu-214.

Quoting FVTu134 (Reply 6):
either Yak-40, Il-114 or Tu-134 which will start to disappear soon

I realy hope Il-114 will not disappear and even will be developed. It's fantastic plane - new and modern but with unlucky fate being a hostage of political relations between Russia and Uzbekistan. It is on scheduled traffic but for the winter it is only flights to VOG (Volgograd) at 1 and 5. Yak-40 operated by Severstal to Cherepovets - they announced plans to replace it by Il-114 btw but its not plans for tomorrow I think. Tu-134, well, old 'whistle' still serve number of destinations - easiest selection to taste.

Spotting in Russia... Well, here it is kind of sport with possible troubles. But, just have a look: http://www1.airliners.net/search/pho...dor%20Borisov&countrysearch=Russia

It's seems possible anyway.  Wink Most possible which could happened - police or aviation security will simply restrict you to make photos or in worse case - you'll spend some time at police station. If you an adequate person - I not sure that for the first time you'll get more serious troubles. But even that is doubtful pleasure.

Quoting CroCop (Thread starter):
what to do once in St. Pete?

Thats rather offencive question. Thats like you'll ask the same at Paris or London. I'll tell you - it is even more to see here than there.  Wink Just come and look. Wellcome.
 
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RE: Flying To Russia

Sun Dec 03, 2006 11:48 pm

Quoting FYODOR (Reply 7):
Thats rather offencive question. Thats like you'll ask the same at Paris or London. I'll tell you - it is even more to see here than there. Just come and look. Wellcome.

I don't think that was intended as an offensive question.

Somethings that I enjoyed were trips to the winter palace, hermitage museum, little cafes, restaurants, some sights near the river, and some churchs. It is an interesting city. I enjoyed my trip, although it is still very cold there in April.
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RE: Flying To Russia

Mon Dec 04, 2006 4:23 am

Quoting RoseFlyer (Reply 8):
I don't think that was intended as an offensive question.

Thats was a joke indeed - I just forgot smiles.  Wink
 
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RE: Flying To Russia

Mon Dec 04, 2006 4:44 am

Quoting FYODOR (Reply 7):
Quoting FVTu134 (Reply 6):
other aircraft in the fleet (incl. Tu-204).

Tu-214.

I stand corrected. Nice to see them more frequently in LED anyway. BTW... are you permanently in LED Fyodor? Drop me a line, we'll talk some "planes"
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RE: Flying To Russia

Mon Dec 04, 2006 10:58 am

Thanks all for the comments, I am trying to figure out who to fly from the US into Europe. I will probably fly from ORD-FRA or ORD-LHR, then fly LH to LED or BA to LED, either way I cant wait.
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RE: Flying To Russia

Mon Dec 04, 2006 9:11 pm

Well, I spend most of time at MOW where I work permanently. At home mostly at weekends. You may contact me through the mail service under the photos.

Regards,

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RE: Flying To Russia

Tue Dec 05, 2006 3:22 pm

I think SN only flies to St Pete's in their summer schedule.. but i'm not sure about that.
 
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RE: Flying To Russia

Tue Dec 05, 2006 3:43 pm

This is +/- off topic because the "airline" has yet to start
operations (will it ever ?):
http://www.baltia.com/

Don't know if it's a scam or a real company.
Their aim is JFK-St.Petersburg non stop.
But looking for funding since years....

Maybe somebody knows more
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RE: Flying To Russia

Wed Dec 06, 2006 7:48 am

Quoting Gbb777 (Reply 14):
Maybe somebody knows more

I've never heard of it, and judging by the website it won't ever have a "maiden flight"!
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