LOT Polish 787 flights in Europe

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Airport News, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Eastern Europe, Frankfurt, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Russia and CIS, Spotting News, Western Europe | Posted on 20-09-2012


LOT 787LOT Polish Airlines has announced a series of intra-European flights on their new Boeing 787 aircraft to aid in crew familiarity.

The first aircraft is due for delivery in November, making LOT the first European airline to take on the Dreamliner.

The European flights are bookable now, and include:

Warsaw – Brussels, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 9th, 10th January 2013
Warsaw – Budapest, 11th-14th January 2013
Warsaw – Frankfurt, 3rd-6th,  9th, 10th January 2013
Warsaw – Hanover, 23rd December 2012 & 4th January 2013
Warsaw – Kiev, 17th, 20th, 27th December 2012
Warsaw – London Heathrow, 22nd, 29th, 31st December 2012, 1st-2nd January 2013.
Warsaw – Munich, 14th-16th, 18th, 19th, 28th December 2012
Warsaw – Prague, 14th-16th, 18th-20th, 28th December 2012 & 2nd, 11th-14th January 2013.
Warsaw – Vienna, 17th, 21st-24th, 27th, 29th, 30th December 2012 & 13th January

If you manage to get on one of these flights, I’d love you to send in a report!


Transaero’s Italian invasion

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Eastern Europe, Italy, Miscellaneous Spotting, Russia, Russia and CIS, Spotting News, Western Europe | Posted on 27-06-2012


Copyright (c) Alex Pereslavtsev collectionRussian airline Transaero has been focusing on Italy in its latest expansion plans.

It recently inaugurated flights between Moscow Vnukovo and Rome Fiumicino, which now runs 5x weekly using Boeing 737 aircraft. The maiden flight was operated by one of the airline’s Boeing 777-200 aircraft as part of the publicity surrounding the event.

Additionally, Transaero will begin flights from Moscov Vnukovo to Venice, St. Petersburg to Rome Fiumicino, and St. Petersburg to Milan Malpensa from tomorrow.

Then, from 30th June, it will begin flights from Moscow Vnukovo to Milan Malpensa.

The airline is hoping to drastically increase its presence in the Italian market, and with its ever expanding fleet of modern aircraft, you will start to see more and more of their colours at Italian airports.

Alaska-Russia link resuming

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Eastern Europe, North America, Russia, Russia and CIS, USA | Posted on 28-05-2012


Yakutia Air

Yakutia Air is to re-establish an air link between Alaska and eastern Russia.

The route, from Anchorage Ted Stevens International to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, will operate once weekly (on a Thursday morning) from 12 July.

The airline will operate a Boeing 737-700 on the route, but has the option to upgrade to a Boeing 757-200 if demand is sufficient.

Links between Alaska and eastern Russia’s Kamchatka peninsula are long standing, and a number of airlines have flown the route in the past, including Alaska Airlines.

Stored aircraft at Moscow Domodedovo Airport

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airport Spotting Guide, Eastern Europe, Russia, Russia and CIS | Posted on 22-09-2011


Moscow Domodedovo Airport is probably the most modern in Russia, and is attracting a lot of airlines. As Russian airlines modernise, they are taking on a lot of Western aircraft types, and the older Russian types are being withdrawn.

However, at Domodedovo it’s still possible to see a good array or Russian types in storage.  Paul Mitchell has recently been on a trip to the airport, and compiled a list of what you can see stored there. You can find the list under Storage Lists at the top of the page, or click this link: http://www.airportspotting.com/storage-lists/moscow-domodedovo/

We’ll try to keep this list updated, so please comment below with your updates or send an e-mail!

Last chances to fly and see the Aeroflot IL-96

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Russia and CIS, Spotting News | Posted on 11-06-2010


Despite constant threats to retire the aircraft, Aeroflot are keeping the Ilyushin IL-96s on various routes over the Summer and Winter timetables.

In particular, you can see (or fly) them from Moscow SVO to Salzburg on the following services (according to Airlineroute.net):

SU175 SVO0530 – 0640SZG IL9 6 25DEC10-
SU177 SVO1205 – 1305SZG IL9 6 25DEC10-
SU173 SVO1510 – 1620SZG IL9 6 01JAN11-

SU176 SZG0810 – 1310SVO IL9 6 25DEC10-
SU178 SZG1435 – 1930SVO IL9 6 25DEC10-
SU174 SZG1750 – 2250SVO IL9 6 01JAN11-

From 30DEC10 to 09JAN11, SU175/176, SU177/178 also operates on Day 467

This summer, the IL-96 will be flying occasional services into Antalya, Heraklion and Larnaca from Moscow SVO