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Tu-154. Who Are The Largest Operators?

Thu Sep 06, 2012 7:34 am

Who are the largest operators of the Tu-154, still in service?
 
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RE: Tu-154. Who Are The Largest Operators?

Thu Sep 06, 2012 8:10 am

The Russian Air Force/Government has 28, by far the biggest operator.
Passenger airlines are now very few, the numbers below probably also contain some which are recently parked while still on fleet registers.
UTAir with 15
Alrosa with 8
Yakutia with 5
Gazpromavia with 4
and another handful of airlines with 1-3 like Air Koryo, Azerbaijan Airlines, Aero Rent, Kolavia, Orenair, Sayakhat, Belavia, Tajikistan Airlines, KazAir Trans
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RE: Tu-154. Who Are The Largest Operators?

Thu Sep 06, 2012 8:15 am

Quoting MEA-707 (Reply 1):
Azerbaijan Airlines

AZAL has retired its Tu-154s, which are now operated by partner airline Turan Air in AZAL livery  
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RE: Tu-154. Who Are The Largest Operators?

Thu Sep 06, 2012 7:19 pm

Quoting MEA-707 (Reply 1):
The Russian Air Force/Government has 28, by far the biggest operator.
Passenger airlines are now very few, the numbers below probably also contain some which are recently parked while still on fleet registers.
UTAir with 15
Alrosa with 8
Yakutia with 5
Gazpromavia with 4
and another handful of airlines with 1-3 like Air Koryo, Azerbaijan Airlines, Aero Rent, Kolavia, Orenair, Sayakhat, Belavia, Tajikistan Airlines, KazAir Trans

China United still flies around some of theirs, although only on charters for the government.
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RE: Tu-154. Who Are The Largest Operators?

Thu Sep 06, 2012 7:34 pm

Quoting tk1244 (Reply 2):
AZAL has retired its Tu-154s, which are now operated by partner airline Turan Air in AZAL livery

Not to splt hairs or anything.   
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RE: Tu-154. Who Are The Largest Operators?

Thu Sep 06, 2012 7:55 pm

Quoting RussianJet (Reply 4):
Quoting tk1244 (Reply 2):AZAL has retired its Tu-154s, which are now operated by partner airline Turan Air in AZAL livery
Not to splt hairs or anything.

Which aircraft went from AZAL to Turan? I thought they only had two ex-Bulgarian Air Charter aircraft (4K-727 and 4K-733)?
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RE: Tu-154. Who Are The Largest Operators?

Fri Sep 07, 2012 8:21 am

I want to underline that the last TU-154 has been delivered to Russia this year at the end of August.... WOW !!!
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RE: Tu-154. Who Are The Largest Operators?

Fri Sep 07, 2012 8:31 am

Quoting lollomz (Reply 6):
I want to underline that the last TU-154 has been delivered to Russia this year at the end of August.... WOW !!!

I had no idea the TU-154 was still in production! Is the line going remain open in case of new orders?
 
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RE: Tu-154. Who Are The Largest Operators?

Fri Sep 07, 2012 9:21 am

Quoting AF185 (Reply 7):
I had no idea the TU-154 was still in production! Is the line going remain open in case of new orders?

The factory still has some almost complete but unflown fuselages. Actually the production stopped around 1997 when they were stuck with about 20 unwanted aircraft ('white tails'), the last completed Tu-154M was c/n 1020. In the 15 years since they slowly finished some of their stocks; Of these 20 unsold fuselages, by now they finished and delivered about 14, say one a year. So this 'new' aircraft was actually a 1996 built fuselage only completed and first flown this year. But while even some newer Tu-154s are already withdrawn and scrapped, even overhauled ones are unwanted, no airline in the right set of mind would spend money for new ones. The new deliveries are mainly politically motivated, likethe Russian Air Force and other Governments.
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RE: Tu-154. Who Are The Largest Operators?

Fri Sep 07, 2012 11:16 am

http://russianplanes.net/planelist/Tupolev/Tu-154

I find this site quite good, with interesting statistics and graphs at the bottom of the page. It also shows the airframe delivered this year to Россия (СССР) - ВВС (RuAF) on 08/08/2012, it hence appears to be quite accurate. Unfortunately the English version doesn't load since a few months, but I get along with Google Translate quite well.

There are also production lists for many other interesting types.

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RE: Tu-154. Who Are The Largest Operators?

Fri Sep 07, 2012 10:31 pm

Quoting Thomas_Jaeger (Reply 5):

4K-85729, 4K-85734 and 4K-85738 were transferred to Turan Air in June 2011 and they are still flying in AZAL livery and on behalf of AZAL. 4K-727 and 4K-733 are stored in Baku  
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RE: Tu-154. Who Are The Largest Operators?

Sun Sep 09, 2012 2:17 pm

I know that the thread starter's question is about current largest operator (and this is indeed UTair with ~15), however, it would also be interesting to know the maximum number of Tu-154s that Soviet-era Aeroflot operated simultaneously. I guess it should be something around 500-600!  Wow!

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RE: Tu-154. Who Are The Largest Operators?

Sun Sep 09, 2012 2:23 pm

Quoting tk1244 (Reply 10):
4K-85729, 4K-85734 and 4K-85738 were transferred to Turan Air in June 2011 and they are still flying in AZAL livery

Any idea of routes?
 
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RE: Tu-154. Who Are The Largest Operators?

Sun Sep 09, 2012 4:21 pm

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Reply 12):
Any idea of routes?

Definitely Baku to Ekateinburg, Novosibirsk and Surgut.
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RE: Tu-154. Who Are The Largest Operators?

Sun Sep 09, 2012 5:16 pm

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Reply 12):
Any idea of routes?
Quoting Thomas_Jaeger (Reply 13):
Definitely Baku to Ekateinburg, Novosibirsk and Surgut.

Current and also Lankaran to Surgut. These are the scheduled flights which are operated by Turan Air for AZAL.

Turan Air also executes charter flights with Tu-154M jets for AZAL and on request by others...
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RE: Tu-154. Who Are The Largest Operators?

Mon Sep 10, 2012 12:08 am

And when you think that 30 years ago, when Russia was still a major communist power, Aeroflot had hundreds of TU-154s in its fleet.
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RE: Tu-154. Who Are The Largest Operators?

Mon Sep 10, 2012 8:31 am

Quoting American 767 (Reply 15):
And when you think that 30 years ago, when Russia was still a major communist power, Aeroflot had hundreds of TU-154s in its fleet.

And your point is? American also stopped flying the comparible 727...
If you count all RPKs of the former Soviet states airlines together, and even only the nowadays top 3 of Russia; Aeroflot, Transaero, UTAir, they will surpass old Aeroflot.
The Airbuses and Boeings of nowadays are flown more efficiently (3 times as many flights and hours as the old Tupolevs).
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RE: Tu-154. Who Are The Largest Operators?

Mon Sep 10, 2012 8:46 am

Quoting MEA-707 (Reply 16):
The Airbuses and Boeings of nowadays are flown more efficiently (3 times as many flights and hours as the old Tupolevs).

Back in the day Aeroflot was not a "for profit" company so that would explain why their aircraft were not flown 24/7.
 
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RE: Tu-154. Who Are The Largest Operators?

Mon Sep 10, 2012 1:30 pm

Quoting workhorse (Reply 11):
however, it would also be interesting to know the maximum number of Tu-154s that Soviet-era Aeroflot operated simultaneously. I guess it should be something around 500-600!

The link I quoted above says it was 626 aircraft overall, split in various sub-divisions such as Aeroflot-Don, Aeroflot-Nord, Aeroflot Moldova, etc. You can open the list by clicking on the little arrow in line 35 of the operator list at the bottom of the page.

Wiki also has a breakdown: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Former_Aeroflot_divisions

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RE: Tu-154. Who Are The Largest Operators?

Mon Sep 10, 2012 1:44 pm

How many of them were built?? someone said that the last one was S/N 1020, if that´s true that´s an amazing achievement...

I guess the largest ever operator was Aeroflot but who else??

I heard from some friends of mine that flew that machine that it is an amazing machine and pilots loved them, so fast and powerful, I just love the way the retract the landing gear, like a real bird, folding it back...
 
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RE: Tu-154. Who Are The Largest Operators?

Mon Sep 10, 2012 3:23 pm

921 have been delivered in total, questionable if and when additional frames will still be completed. There are gaps in the construction number range, i.e. for example when they changed from B2s to Ms.
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