Motor Sich Airlines is a rather unknown airline based in Zaporizhia and it is probably the only commercial airline today (other than Air Koryo) that exclusively flies Soviet airliners.
MHG wrote:Interesting TR.
I wouldn´t consider going to Transnistria since it is obviously not really different from Ukraine ...
Regarding Motor Sich I have flown with them a few times.
Tried to catch the AN-140 several times but always failed so far.
The highest "score" so far was flying their YAK-40 - usually it´s the AN-24.
My "aircraft age record" was broken on my most recent flight in september 2017: I flew LWO-IEV on M9´s UR-47297 (first flight 28.01.1971 / delivered to Aeroflot 15.04.1971)
Having the AN-74 (btw. it is an AN-74 - not an AN-72 as mentioned in the report) on a scheduled flight is very rare as it is used mainly for cargo flights and the YAK-40 is usually the back-up for both AN-24 and AN-140.
It is impossible to plan ahead what type of aircraft will operate a flight when you book it in advance.
Motor Sich switches around their whole fleet at short notice.
The only thing that´s guaranteed is: you´ll be sitting in a soviet era aircraft (aside from the AN-140 which was built after the soviet union collapsed)
debonair wrote:Excellent TR! Well done, always great to read from such exotic airlines, airliners and places!
BRAVO AIRWAYS just lost one MD83 2days ago in a crash landing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olL-gPh1qUgMotor Sich Airlines is a rather unknown airline based in Zaporizhia and it is probably the only commercial airline today (other than Air Koryo) that exclusively flies Soviet airliners.
Nope, there are AFAIK some more "Russian Only" Airlines around, waiting to be explored by you, like
1.Turukhan Airlines http://www.turuhanavia.ru/
2.JSC Izhavia https://www.izhavia.su/
SQueeze wrote:Thanks for the tips. Will check these out. i am planning to go to Crimea. Izhavia seems to serve a route there.
MHG wrote:SQueeze wrote:Thanks for the tips. Will check these out. i am planning to go to Crimea. Izhavia seems to serve a route there.
Just a reminder/warning:
If you decide to go to Crimea - be aware that you do not leave any trace of that if you want to visit Ukraine one day again ...
Ukraine still considers Crimea as part of Ukraine which is just under foreign occupation.
Thus going to Crimea without official permission from Ukraine government is illegal (from Ukrainian point of view) and punishable by law .
I have already heard of a few cases where not only Ukrainian but also foreign citizens went into serious trouble (up to imprisonment) because of that.
Just in case ...
Please consider my info only for what it is - information - there is no political statement in it ...
Btw.: regarding the AN-74 you saw it is actually an AN-74 TK which is the equivalent to the QC-versions of Boeing aircraft (e.g. B 737-200QC) which means they are easily (within short time) converted from cargo to passenger configuration and v v.
Philippine747 wrote:Great report! Your pictures of Transinistria are amazing, and a great look at one of the more obscure parts of the world.
The seats on the An-24 look very comfy! Was it quite noisy compared to other Western turboprops?
SQueeze wrote:Yes, it’s really noisy! Very awesome feeling.
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