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Yakutia Airlines Launches Anchorage-Kamchatka

Sat May 26, 2012 3:17 pm

I've never heard of this airline. Launching once weekly PKC-ANC. According to release, it is focusing on tourism. I thought there would be oil traffic as well.

http://www.examiner.com/article/yaku...amchatka-russia-s-adventure-region

When was the last time there was scheduled Alaska-Russia Far East service? In the 1980s with AS? I am curious about the chances of success for this route.

[Edited 2012-05-26 08:18:32]
 
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RE: Yakutia Airlines Launches Anchorage-Kamchatka

Sat May 26, 2012 3:45 pm

Vladivostok Air is also starting service from Anchorage to Petropavlovsk. Here is a link to their website: http://1iny.com/88781/
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RE: Yakutia Airlines Launches Anchorage-Kamchatka

Sat May 26, 2012 3:48 pm

Quoting Cush (Reply 1):
Vladivostok Air is also starting service from Anchorage to Petropavlovsk.

I believe it's the same service--Vladivostok is codesharing on Yakutia's flight.
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RE: Yakutia Airlines Launches Anchorage-Kamchatka

Sat May 26, 2012 3:53 pm

Yes they got DOT approval bit back.

At the time they said they would do flying 1x weekly with 132 seat 737-700 and if demand warranted shift to 757.
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RE: Yakutia Airlines Launches Anchorage-Kamchatka

Sat May 26, 2012 4:05 pm

Quoting BigGSFO (Thread starter):
When was the last time there was scheduled Alaska-Russia Far East service? In the 1980s with AS? I am curious about the chances of success for this route.

SU flew KHV-ANC-SEA-SFO-SEA-ANC-KHV and VVO-ANC-SEA-LAX-SEA-ANC-VVO up until 2002. VVO was IL62 until 06/2001 then switched to TU154. KHB was mixed between IL62 and TU154 until the end.
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RE: Yakutia Airlines Launches Anchorage-Kamchatka

Sat May 26, 2012 4:09 pm

Quoting sancho99504 (Reply 4):

SU flew KHV-ANC-SEA-SFO-SEA-ANC-KHV and VVO-ANC-SEA-LAX-SEA-ANC-VVO up until 2002. VVO was IL62 until 06/2001 then switched to TU154. KHB was mixed between IL62 and TU154 until the end.

Would that mean that SEA was the only US lower 48 city to have seen scheduled Tu-154 service? Too bad I missed those days.
 
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RE: Yakutia Airlines Launches Anchorage-Kamchatka

Sat May 26, 2012 4:16 pm

Quoting cargolex (Reply 5):
Quoting cargolex (Reply 5):
Would that mean that SEA was the only US lower 48 city to have seen scheduled Tu-154 service? Too bad I missed those days.

No. Guyana Airways operated 154s to JFK back in the late 80s.
 
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RE: Yakutia Airlines Launches Anchorage-Kamchatka

Sat May 26, 2012 4:47 pm

Quoting FoxBravo (Reply 2):
Quoting Cush (Reply 1):
Vladivostok Air is also starting service from Anchorage to Petropavlovsk.

I believe it's the same service--Vladivostok is codesharing on Yakutia's flight.

It's highly seasonal. Only 10 flights, once a week from mid-July to mid-September.
 
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RE: Yakutia Airlines Launches Anchorage-Kamchatka

Sat May 26, 2012 5:23 pm

It is so nice to hear this is being brought back online again...

Geographically it makes alot of sense and connects the great land bridge. I don't believe there are any public ferries that would cross...

Quoting BigGSFO (Thread starter):
According to release, it is focusing on tourism

Yes and as such they will probably be able to price it accordingly. People would pay big bucks. I've heard PKC is a staggering land of unimaginable beauty.

Quoting BigGSFO (Thread starter):
In the 1980s with AS?

I have very fond memories of Michael Palin and his camera crew checking in the for flight on his Great Circle documentary series. . .

Which makes me thing - How did Ewan Magregor and Charlie Boorman cross the gulf on their long way round travel programme?
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RE: Yakutia Airlines Launches Anchorage-Kamchatka

Sat May 26, 2012 5:30 pm

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 8):
Quoting BigGSFO (Thread starter):
In the 1980s with AS?

I have very fond memories of Michael Palin and his camera crew checking in the for flight on his Great Circle documentary series. . .

Scroll to about the 6:40 mark here for that footage.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5o-BekOlb0
 
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RE: Yakutia Airlines Launches Anchorage-Kamchatka

Sat May 26, 2012 6:34 pm

Reeve Aleutian Airlines flew regularly from Anchorage to Petropavlosk and Yuzhno-Sakhalin until their bankruptcy in December, 2000, I took their last flight, was left stranded on Sakhalin, had to come home to IAH via Moscow on Domodedovo, then Lufthansa.
 
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RE: Yakutia Airlines Launches Anchorage-Kamchatka

Sat May 26, 2012 7:21 pm

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 9):
Scroll to about the 6:40 mark here for that footage.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5o-BekOlb0

"And how many bags are you checking in?"

"Er, 43..."

  
 
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RE: Yakutia Airlines Launches Anchorage-Kamchatka

Sat May 26, 2012 8:37 pm

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 12):
whole different calibre of Palins.

Amen to that!   

Quoting BigGSFO (Thread starter):
According to release, it is focusing on tourism.

Does this mean that the U.S. and Russia may start easing their visa policies towards one another? I've never tried, but I've heard that getting a visa in either direction is a very daunting task...if they're trying to stimulate tourism, either that's going to need to change (if what I've heard is correct) or this isn't going to go very well...
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RE: Yakutia Airlines Launches Anchorage-Kamchatka

Sun May 27, 2012 1:20 am

Quoting warden145 (Reply 14):
I've never tried, but I've heard that getting a visa in either direction is a very daunting task.

I wouldn't call getting a Russian visa daunting; time consuming, expensive and a pain in the ass, yes! Daunting no! Or is is that different for Americans?

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RE: Yakutia Airlines Launches Anchorage-Kamchatka

Sun May 27, 2012 1:52 am

Quoting gemuser (Reply 15):

it was a pain in the tail getting a visa in russia........
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RE: Yakutia Airlines Launches Anchorage-Kamchatka

Sun May 27, 2012 2:12 am

I was excited to see another aircraft type coming into ANC, but as mentioned before the flight will be operated by a B737-700. Seasonal service July 12-Sept 13 2012. Scheduled arrival time Thursdays at 0550, departing same day at 0730.
 
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RE: Yakutia Airlines Launches Anchorage-Kamchatka

Sun May 27, 2012 2:46 am

Actually, Sarah Palin NEVER said that. That famous line was uttered by TINA FEY, an actress on the TV comedy (?) "Saturday Night Live" portraying Mrs. Palin.
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RE: Yakutia Airlines Launches Anchorage-Kamchatka

Sun May 27, 2012 4:26 am

Quoting shanderawx (Reply 11):
Reeve Aleutian Airlines flew regularly from Anchorage to Petropavlosk and Yuzhno-Sakhalin until their bankruptcy in December, 2000, I took their last flight, was left stranded on Sakhalin, had to come home to IAH via Moscow on Domodedovo, then Lufthansa.

Wow, that's quite a detour. Suddenly being bumped from, say, LGA to EWR doesn't sound so bad...
 
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RE: Yakutia Airlines Launches Anchorage-Kamchatka

Sun May 27, 2012 4:46 am

To take this flight isn't cheap. I just queired the Yakutia website for flights in July and August and the cheapest economy fare is
USD$ 2,416 round-trip (for a 4.5 hour trip on a 737). This would make it seem that the target pax isn't the leasure traveler.
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RE: Yakutia Airlines Launches Anchorage-Kamchatka

Sun May 27, 2012 4:57 am

Remember when that Aeroflot IL-62 had its tail clipped by an Asiana 744 in Anchorage? That poor IL62 never flew again, was moved to an area near the Everts Ops are and slowly rotted away next to C-119s until it was finally scrapped in the early 2000s.

For years there was an check-in desk and placard in the N Terminal at ANC for Magadan Air, listed a once weekly departure for Magadan but all the times I was at the N Terminal coming or going on DL, never saw anyone at that counter and never saw any Magadan Air plane in ANC.
 
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RE: Yakutia Airlines Launches Anchorage-Kamchatka

Sun May 27, 2012 6:14 am

Quoting woodsboy (Reply 21):

I was working the IL62 that got clipped......1999 IIRC, OZ was trying to turn into gate, slid on ice and wedge left wing into base of vertical stab.... as far as magadan airlines, they operated 1 or 2 flights and that was it, they never came back
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RE: Yakutia Airlines Launches Anchorage-Kamchatka

Sun May 27, 2012 10:04 am

Quoting planenutz (Reply 20):
USD$ 2,416 round-trip (for a 4.5 hour trip on a 737). This would make it seem that the target pax isn't the leasure traveler.

I'm not sure. I would suspect that means it is for leisure.

That is high-spending/ luxury adventure tourism. Alot of it at the moment (e.g. all the Antarctic cruises etc.)

Otherwise what other market would there be (oil is unlikely to be operating in the region) ?

Quoting warden145 (Reply 14):
the U.S. and Russia may start easing their visa policies towards one another?

Doubt it... I suspect the tourists that would visit would be neither Russian nor. American.
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RE: Yakutia Airlines Launches Anchorage-Kamchatka

Sun May 27, 2012 3:18 pm

Quoting warden145 (Reply 12):
Does this mean that the U.S. and Russia may start easing their visa policies towards one another?

Hasn't there been talk recently that Russia wants to start a visa-free tourist travel regime with the United States in order to stimulate tourism? I heard that the only reason it isn't implemented is that Russian law requires the other country to reciprocate the visa-free travel for Russian citizens, and the US State Dept has said that Russia does not yet qualify for consideration for entry into the Visa Waiver Program.

It'd be cool if visa-free travel for tourists between the USA and Russia happens, though. I'd love to visit Russia!
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RE: Yakutia Airlines Launches Anchorage-Kamchatka

Sun May 27, 2012 7:36 pm

Quoting B2468 (Reply 22):
It'd be cool if visa-free travel for tourists between the USA and Russia happens, though. I'd love to visit Russia!

Agreed completely! I have some friends in Russia I'd like to meet, and I've heard that there are some areas that are absolutely beautiful...
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