I agree with your sentiments. I had the same feelings a year ago and ended up going to St. Petersburg last month. I also wanted to fly on a Russia jet, so I flew one way with Aeroflot and got to experience their Tu-154. I returned back to the United States with Lufthansa as it is one of the few international flights out of LED
. I wrote trip reports for both segments: Aeroflot Business Class Tu-154 IST-SVO-LED (pics) (by RoseFlyer Apr 29 2006 in Trip Reports) LH First LED-FRA-ORD-IND Alone On The 744Upperdeck (by RoseFlyer Apr 21 2006 in Trip Reports)
I suggest that you fly on any airline to SVO
and then connect to LED
. It will guarantee that you get on a Russia jet. Depending on airline and time of day you could be on a Tu-154 or Tu-134. There is pretty much hourly service on the route and it should be easier and cheaper to get to SVO
. Getting on a Russian jet from a western country is getting pretty difficult. From LED
you could try to fly Pulkovo to a European city. IL
-96s are very rare, and rarely fly to western countries.
In general St. Petersburg is an interesting city. The Hermitage museum is huge and has an immense collection of western art. You can also see some Russian history at the palaces. It is a nice city to spend some time in, but it is only worth 2-3 days since it is a relatively small city.
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