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Tashkent-Samarkand with Uzbekistan Airways

18.06.2013 . Reporter
This flight was a part of my Uzbek journey from last summer.

This was a Tashkent-Samarkand flight aboard an Airbus A310 built in 1983. The flight number is HY-1317 departed from Tashkent Yuzhny airport at 07:20 local time and arrived at the Samarkand International airport at 08:15.

Let's start with the Tashkent airport by night. It was 5 in the morning.
Tashkent Yuzhny airport

The check-in area was completely deserted The lady at the stand was friendly and gave us the window seats we asked for. Except that she misunderstood and gave each of the four of us a window seat, so I went back to get that changed, which wasn't a problem.
Tashkent Yuzhny airport
Boarding pass of Uzbekistan airways

The waiting area was full since there were 3 flights departing at once (to Termez, Urgench and Samarkand).
Tashkent Yuzhny airport

Boarding began. Our flight had no more than about 10-15 passengers onboard, so it went quickly.
Tashkent Yuzhny airport

We were taken to the plane by shuttle.
Tashkent Yuzhny airport

Ilyushin IL-114 on the airfield:
Il-114 of Uzbekistan Airways

Airbus A320 of Uzbekistan Airways:
Airbus A320 of Uzbekistan Airways

Our plane, an older A310:
Airbus A310-300 of Uzbekistan Airways
Airbus A310-300 of Uzbekistan Airways

After 5 minutes on the shuttle we arrived at the plane and made our way up the ramp.
Airbus A310-300 of Uzbekistan Airways
Airbus A310-300 of Uzbekistan Airways

174 miles (280 km) separate Samarkand from Tashkent. It's a short flight so it was both nice and a little unusual to have a wide body airliner.

Here's the cabin:

First class
Passenger cabin of Airbus A310-300 of Uzbekistan Airways

Business class
Passenger cabin of Airbus A310-300 of Uzbekistan Airways

Economy class empty
Passenger cabin of Airbus A310-300 of Uzbekistan Airways

Right next to us, a Silk Road A300 cargo jet.


Here's some photos of the safety procedures card, the flight magazine and pre-takeoff drink. We had a choice of coke, Fanta and water at 7 in the morning.
Safety procedures card of Uzbekistan airways
Inflight magazine of of Uzbekistan airways
Inflight magazine of of Uzbekistan airways
Timetable of of Uzbekistan airways

The leg room: ample but correct but not as generous as that on the 757.
Seats in an Airbus A310-300 of Uzbekistan Airways

It was at this point that the flight attendant ran over in a fury and told me off for taking photos oops. She demanded that I delete the ones I had. Luckily I have a backup mode on my device. Naturally, I continued doing the flight review the old-fashioned way: discreetly.
Passenger cabin of Airbus A310-300 of Uzbekistan Airways

And so I carried on but on this plane I was being watched from everywhere.

Security footage on the screens
Passenger cabin of Airbus A310-300 of Uzbekistan Airways
Passenger cabin of Airbus A310-300 of Uzbekistan Airways

One of the screens in the cabin was missing.
Passenger cabin of Airbus A310-300 of Uzbekistan Airways

A bit of pre-flight spotting

Avro RJ:
Avro RJ of Uzbekistan Airways

The fleet of the Ilyushin IL-76 frighters:
Il-76 of Uzbekistan Airways

The empty cabin at this time there were 10 passengers on board.
Seats in an Airbus A310-300 of Uzbekistan Airways

Finally, takeoff
Tashkent-Samarkand flight

After the seatbelt sign was turned off, I headed for the tail end of the plane to check out the restrooms. There I found the anti-photography flight attendant sitting next to her friend, playing on her iPhone. She remained there for the rest of the flight.

Note that the 3 back rows were occupied by boxes! What's up with that?
Passenger cabin of Airbus A310-300 of Uzbekistan Airways
Passenger cabin of Airbus A310-300 of Uzbekistan Airways

Here are the restrooms, quite clean.
Restroom of Airbus A310-300 of Uzbekistan Airways

As I was on the sunlit side, I couldn't see out the window very well. I tried to go look out the other side, but the fascist flight attendant wouldn't let me, so I gave up on it.

Here are several pictures of the Pamir Mountains and the mountains of Zeravshan, which lie in between Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.
View of the Pamir Mountains

Quite soon, we were descending We hadn't received any drinks after the first round. You win some, you lose some, I guess.
Tashkent-Samarkand flight
Flying over Uzbekistan
Flying over Uzbekistan

Oh yes, the winglet (important)
Tashkent-Samarkand flight

The landing
Tashkent-Samarkand flight

Welcome to Samarkand
Samarkand airport

We disembarked very quickly. The flight attendant who saw us out was very cheerful.
Airbus A310-300 of Uzbekistan Airways

Next to us was a Soviet-age turboprop Antonov An-24. It seems not to have moved at all since the last time I saw it more than a week earlier.
Antonov An-24 of Uzbekistan Airways

A final farewell to this lovely airplane
Airbus A310-300 of Uzbekistan Airways
Airbus A310-300 of Uzbekistan Airways

To collect our baggage was a whole other story as there was no conveyor belt. They brought it to us after a wait of about 15 minutes in the departures/arrivals area.

This was the end of my domestic Uzbek flight. Finally, here are some photos of Samarkand.

The Bibi-Khanym Mosque
Sights of Samarkand: Bibi-Khanym Mosque

The legendary registan
Sights of Samarkand: the legendary registan

And finally the Shar-i-Zinda necropolis which houses the mausoleum of Prophet Mohammed's cousin.
Sights of Samarkand: Shar-i-Zinda necropolis


Conclusion

This wasn't a bad flight, but a bit stressful due to the flight attendant who took me for a potential terrorist. The service wasn't the greatest either

Punctuality: Everything went quite smoothly.

Comfort: It was very pleasant to have a big, empty plane for such a short flight.

Personnel: Five points for the lady at check-in despite her mistake with our seating, she was very friendly. The flight attendant deserves zero points. She spent the entire flight sitting at the back of the plane.

Meals: One preflight drink and nothing more. On top of that the options weren't really geared for a morning flight. Coffee would've been welcome. Serving a total of 10 passengers at 6 in the morning can't be that hard!
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