AEROFLOT WITHDRAWS LEGENDARY TU-154S
January 14 2010, Moscow. – Aeroflot has withdrawn the Tu-154 airliners from service. On December 31 2009, an Aeroflot’s Tu-154 made its last flight SU736 from Yekaterinburg to Moscow.
For almost 40 years, Tu-154s carried Aeroflot passengers to domestic and international destinations.
Aeroflot received the Tu-154 in late 1970. In May 1971 it started to carry mail from Moscow to Tbilisi, Sochi, Simferopol and Mineralnye Vody.
On February 1972, the Minister of Civil Aviation B.P. Bugayev signed a decree on admission of the Tu-154 aircraft to passenger carriage. The Tu-154 performed its first regular flight Moscow – Mineralnye Vody on Aeroflot’s 49th anniversary, February 9 1972. On April 2 1972, the aircraft started to be operated on international lines. On that day the Aeorlfot’s new aircraft performed a Moscow – Berlin flight.
In the 1980s, different versions of the Tu-154 aircraft became Aeroflot’s most numerous airplanes. They performed flights between almost all major cities of the Soviet Union. During summer periods, the aircraft were the main carriers of tourists and holiday-makers to the country’s southern towns. Tu-154s flew to over 80 destinations in Europe, Asia and Africa, and were multiple times demonstrated at various international exhibitions and air shows.
The Tu-154 is a passenger airliner with a flying range of 5,000 km and passenger capacity of 131. Its wingspan is 37.77 meters, length 47.90 meters, cruising speed 860 km per hour, maximum altitude 1,2100 meters.
AEROFLOT is Russia’s leading air carrier, member of the global SkyTeam alliance. Its consolidated route network covers 856 destinations in 169 countries. The company accounts for over 42% of Russia’s regular international traffic. In 2008, Aeroflot carried 9.3 million passengers, with its subsidiaries, 11.6 million.
Aeroflot was the first Russian carrier to enter the IOSA Registry, and has multiple times confirmed the certificate. Aeroflot has successfully passed the ISAGO (IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations) procedure. The company’s Quality Management System is certified for compliance with ISO 9001:2000О.
Aeroflot operates one of Europe’s youngest air fleets that consists of 115 aircraft. Aeroflot is based in Moscow, at the Sheremetyevo International Airport. Find more at www.aeroflot.ru.
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