skyslat2
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RedWings. Tupolev-204 Flignt From VKO To KRR

Sun Sep 29, 2013 7:01 pm

Hello!

This is my third trip report. As always sorry for any mistakes in English and quality of photos. All photos made via iphone, and some of them as "secret agent", because cabin crew was not happy with this  .

My previous trip-reports you can find there:
1. Aeroflot SVO-JFK-SVO C And Y+ Comfort. A330/777
2. Moscow-Krasnodar RT. Aeroflot J/Y

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Ok. This flight was performed 13/09 from Moscow to Krasnodar. I'm flying for these route often, due to personal reasons (miss you 8). Usually I take Aeroflot, but RedWings started flights to Krasnodar from Vnukovo Airport on daily basis with good prices. OW something around $105. Never try Tupolev 204 before... RedWings have only Tupolevs 204 in fleet.

short history:
Red Wings was founded in 1999 under the name VARZ-400, after the Russian acronym of the Vnukovo Avia Repair Factory.

The airline was owned by Russian tycoon Alexander Lebedev, who wanted to create a discount airline using modern Russian Ту́полев (Tupolev) Ty 204-100B 210 passenger twin jet airliners, both new-built and used. The company had a fleet of ten Ty-204-100Bs (an eleventh Ty-204 was written off after crashing at Moscow Vnukovo on 29 December 2012),

After the December, 2012 Red Wings Flight 9268 crash in Vnukovo, Russian aviation authorities initiated an emergency check of airline operational activities and fleet maintenance resulting in the revocation of the carrier's AOC effective on 4 February 2013. The airline had ceased all operations the day before and owner Alexander Lebedev announced that no return to operations' is planned.

4 April 2013 NRC sold Red Wings Airlines Group "Guta" for a symbolic 1 ruble (in this case are leased aircraft remained with the lessor - NRC-owned company "Ilyushin Finance"). The new owners of Red Wings plan to increase the fleet of 10-15 aircraft. The airline is going to buy only Russian aircraft. 18 June 2013 Federal Air Transport Agency has renewed the certificate of the operator Red Wings to perform commercial transportation of passengers and cargo. 22 June airline resumed charter flights, and on 12 July 2013 and scheduled flights from Moscow.

The trip report:

1. I have started my trip on Friday from center of Moscow. Biblioteka Lenina subway station. view to Kremlin
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/null_zps3a0beea1.jpg

2. If you need to go by bus or "marshrytka" to airport, you need to take RED line and go to Yugo-Zapadnaya station. Last station at red line.
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/null_zpsd71c7356.jpg

3. Not many people in subway at Friday, unusual
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4. Forgot to take some pictures on the way to Vnukovo. At boarding gate
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5. Some Vnukovo shots
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6. Appron views
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7. Views at field before boarding
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8. Boarding. Vnukovo - home for UTAir, Transaero, RedWings and Yakutia airlines
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/null_zps0b4ef282.jpg

powerfull PS-90 engine
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/null_zps569afcca.jpg

AIRCRAFT:
Aircraft: TUPOLEV - 204-100B
Reg. Number: RA-64020
First flight: 9 August 2001
Flight: RZ157 Moscow-Krasnodar

9. Overview
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/null_zpse9112a10.jpg

10. Boarding
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11. Mechanic of main door
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/null_zps910d83f2.jpg

12. At seat. You can see, that fans are located inside the seat. Crew bell and lights are located near. Interesting. I saw the same seats only at Ilyushin 96-300Turbo
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/null_zpsbde15bc6.jpg

http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/null_zpsb07e67b7.jpg

13. Views from seat.
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/null_zps8d989800.jpg

14. UTAir 767-200. Former Continental bird
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/null_zps16b5ec78.jpg

15. TU-154M Atlant-Soyuz
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/null_zps6e2fa5a0.jpg

16. Ready for take-off. You can see fire-trainer TU-134
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/null_zpscf6fb9b1.jpg

17. Take-off
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18. Right after take-off I started to review some points. Tupolev says that TU-204 modern aircraft... It can be modern for 1970 or 1980, but not for 2000. Always you can feel "Soviet smell"....
WC
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http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/null_zps578011d7.jpg

Old-school buttoms
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/null_zps51f0216d.jpg

Crappy seat
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/null_zps38420deb.jpg

19. In-flight service
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20. Cabin overview
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/null_zpsfe19af85.jpg

21. Seats after landing in Krasnodar
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/null_zps0e19e5d8.jpg

22. Krasnodar airport
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23. UTAir rare Tupolev-134 and Yakutia Airlines Dash8
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/null_zps03acf3c2.jpg

24. OrenAir
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/null_zps2b0ce8cf.jpg

My return flight was performed on newer Tupolev 214 (RA-64050) with really good cabin. I didn'm made many pictures, but I can share what I have.
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/null_zps6e17d897.jpg

http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/null_zps96069abc.jpg

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I have no idea why this sticker there...
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/null_zpsea920fd5.jpg

Modern cabin
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r593/skyslat/null_zpsb8574c97.jpg

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Thank you!
 
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RE: RedWings. Tupolev-204 Flignt From VKO To KRR

Sun Sep 29, 2013 8:24 pm

Nice report, thanks for posting! I flew my first Tu204 a few weeks ago with Air Koryo - interesting plane, as you say, not really modern, but a modernish plane from Russia!

Quoting skyslat2 (Thread starter):
I have no idea why this sticker there...

I guess this jet flew the Nationla Team somewhere?

Quoting skyslat2 (Thread starter):
12. At seat. You can see, that fans are located inside the seat. Crew bell and lights are located near. Interesting. I saw the same seats only at Ilyushin 96-300Turbo

Very interesting to see. It muct involve quite a lot of extra engineering to have seats like that. Very odd to have fans in the seats - were there none in the overheads? Maybe this was one of the first birds made?
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RE: RedWings. Tupolev-204 Flignt From VKO To KRR

Sun Sep 29, 2013 8:50 pm

Great report.  

Love this aircraft. Always wanted to see a TR since I saw it on the ground in BCN. Some great interior pics too.

Thanks for sharing .

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RE: RedWings. Tupolev-204 Flignt From VKO To KRR

Sun Sep 29, 2013 9:47 pm

Quoting OA260 (Reply 2):
Always wanted to see a TR since I saw it on the ground in BCN.

That's where I've seen it too, & REU! Really cool looking plane.

I never knew Red Wings ceased flights for a while after that awful accident last year.   

Good to see them back in the air.

Disappointing cabin for you on the way out but really nice & refreshing on the way back thank God! Meal looked ok, was it nice? Weird how the toilet looked sideways on the older plane, & those folding seats really freak me out!

Thanks for all the pics of the a/c you saw, I love seeing Russian airlines, whether it's a UTair 762 or TU 134.

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RE: RedWings. Tupolev-204 Flignt From VKO To KRR

Mon Sep 30, 2013 12:24 am

Hey,

Thank you for very interesting report. I find Russian domestic aviation very interesting.

Quoting skyslat2 (Thread starter):
As always sorry for any mistakes in English and quality of photos

If they get along with my english - you'll be fine  
Quoting skyslat2 (Thread starter):
If you need to go by bus or "marshrytka" to airport, you need to take RED line and go to Yugo-Zapadnaya station. Last station at red line.

I recently saw a good fare by Transaero, landing from Israel at VKO and departing to the US from DME. It is possible for someone who do not speak russian to get along on moscow's public transport?

Quoting skyslat2 (Thread starter):
At seat. You can see, that fans are located inside the seat. Crew bell and lights are located near. Interesting. I saw the same seats only at Ilyushin 96-300Turbo

Interesting indeed!

Thx for shearing, Jonathan
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RE: RedWings. Tupolev-204 Flignt From VKO To KRR

Mon Sep 30, 2013 8:28 am

Great Tr, nice to read from such "exotic" airline... Well done!

Quoting skyslat2 (Thread starter):
Tupolev says that TU-204 modern aircraft... It can be modern for 1970 or 1980, but not for 2000.

True, first I was thinking that those pictures were taken on-board a TU154...
No wonder why the TU204 never became an A321/B757 competitor in the west!
 
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RE: RedWings. Tupolev-204 Flignt From VKO To KRR

Mon Sep 30, 2013 4:50 pm

Thanks for posting this report!

Quoting debonair (Reply 5):
True, first I was thinking that those pictures were taken on-board a TU154...
No wonder why the TU204 never became an A321/B757 competitor in the west!

You must have been reading my mind. I had wondered the same thing. After all, the TU204 looks like a 757 from the outside!

At least the TU214 looks like a sharp looking plane inside and out.

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RE: RedWings. Tupolev-204 Flignt From VKO To KRR

Fri Oct 04, 2013 7:46 pm

Hi there

Great trip report, thanks for sharing it with us.
Hope to make it one day myself in the Russian aviation scenery.


Greetings
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RE: RedWings. Tupolev-204 Flignt From VKO To KRR

Tue Oct 08, 2013 1:27 am

Hi,

very nice reading about Red Wings and the Tu204/214. Indeed, same seating on SU's IL-96T, still in use as such, since I flew that aircraft just 2 months ago.
Legroom seems tight. Interesting to read that the Tu204 feels 'old' and 'Soviet', something I didn't expect.
I certainly would love to get a flight on one of these aircraft.
Good pictures from the iPhone, no worries, hope to read more in the future  
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RE: RedWings. Tupolev-204 Flignt From VKO To KRR

Tue Oct 08, 2013 7:56 pm

Well, I thought "modern plane" was mainly about avionics, navigation systems, general ingeneering about the plane, not really about the "look and feel" even if it helps. A well kept and updated DC9 or MD82 may look "modern" when it is not ...
 
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RE: RedWings. Tupolev-204 Flignt From VKO To KRR

Fri Oct 18, 2013 8:55 am

Very interesting read -- thanks for sharing.

Although I must say, the English portions of the safety card had a disturbing number of errors! I would have assumed an airline as large as Red Wings might have sought consultation from a native English speaker (how much could that really cost? I'd have done it for free). Otherwise people might be searching to observe the cabin sings while ignoring the cabin signs. Your English, however, was just fine...maybe you should help these guys out with their safety info!

The difference in cabin appearances is truly staggering. The first aircraft looked sub-par by North Korean standards -- by the way, are those seats supposed to fold like that?? The second aircraft had a cabin that would put plenty of western airlines to shame. It's amazing that first bird flew in August 2001 (?) because those seats looked like they were 40 years old and spent much of their lives being savagely kicked by large men wearing boots. Are there any cabin retrofit plans or was the nice aircraft just special?

Great report!
 
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RE: RedWings. Tupolev-204 Flignt From VKO To KRR

Tue Jan 14, 2014 1:31 pm

Quoting atcsundevil (Reply 10):

yes. translation costs not too much. But russian "managers" think that google translate is ok. sad.

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