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End Of Soviet Aeroflot

Tue Jul 03, 2001 10:59 am

What happened when Aeroflot broke up? How was it decided who got what aircraft? Are there any articles on this?

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RE: End Of Soviet Aeroflot

Tue Jul 03, 2001 2:32 pm

Aeroflot as a Soviet carrier dissipated when the Soviet Union itself broke up in 1991. At that time its planes were scattered across the countries which were formed. Most of the countries captured the planes at their respective airports and used them to form their own airlines. The Aeroflot of today (Russian International Airlines) comprises those planes left at Sheremetieyevo International in Moscow at the time of the split plus those western planes which they have lately brought in. Planes in other Russian ports have been used to form other airlines eg Bykovo, Domodedovo, Vnukovo, which are all based at other Moscow airports.

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RE: End Of Soviet Aeroflot

Tue Jul 03, 2001 4:14 pm

About the St. Peterburg directorate:
It stayed with Aeroflot, but in late 1997 became Pulkovo. Pulkovo still have a small Aeroflot logo on the fuselage, but they are an independent company. Same goes for the Kaliningrad directorate. They were flying under SU code until 1998 and then got Kaliningrad Avia. They also have the winged Hammer and Sickle on the planes, the Tu-154s are even still painted in Aeroflot colours.

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RE: End Of Soviet Aeroflot

Tue Jul 03, 2001 10:56 pm

Many of those planes taken on from the old Aeroflot by the other counties are not flying anymore, and in some cases never did. For example, when Ukraine took over a large part of the Aeroflot fleet in Kyiv a large number of planes never left the ground again. There are a number of IL-86's on the ground at Kyiv, and they don;t look very good. Instead Air Ukraine chose to buy IL-62's and tu-154's from LOT. The smaller planes like the AN-2's and LET's remained in service for a bit but for the most part they are all now grounded, and the AN24 makes up the back bone of the domestic fleet. The only ex-Aeroflot planes that really are still in wide spread use are the tu-134's. Even the IL-18's that Air Ukraine used to fly mostly came from Air Berlin.
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RE: End Of Soviet Aeroflot

Tue Jul 03, 2001 11:12 pm

Very interesting topic! I criss-crossed the (then) USSR with Aeroflot on two trips when I was in "junior high" school." We all felt that Aeroflot had to be one of teh world's worst airlines, but it was awe-inspring all the same, to think that such a (so we thought) great country had to travel that way: the food was positively inedible, and has led me to a profound appreciation of and appetite for maligned US airline cuisine; the seats were like foam stuffed in an upholstery bag and stretched over a spare metal frame - there was absolutely no backing, and knees touched backs without complaint. And the smell of the cabin.... always identical, always awful! Where did it come from?

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