Sochi-Moscow on a Russian widebody IL-86
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Sochi-Moscow on a Russian widebody IL-86

05.03.2011 г. amarchukov

In Summer 2010, I had the opportunity of flying from Sochi to Moscow on an IL-86 operated by Atlant-Soyuz Airlines (shortly thereafter renamed to Moscow Airlines, just before it filed for bankruptcy and shut down permanently in 2011).

Atlant-Soyuz was the last airline company to use the wide-body IL-86 passenger jet for flights bound for Sochi during a period when other companies had long since switched to more modern, but narrow-body aircraft. As such, this may have been my last ever flight on an IL-86, since after the shutdown of Moscow Airlines this plane is very seldom used anymore. Thus, my trip was something of a nostalgic experience.

The IL-86 used on the flight (tail number RA-86125), can be seen below (photo courtesy to airliners.net)

Ilyushin IL-85 airplanehttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

The plane was mostly empty, perhaps a third full.

Passenger cabin of an Ilyushin IL-86https://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

The interior of the plane was noticeably aged, the upholstery was worn, there was paint peeling in places and some of the plastic paneling was cracked.

Seat of an Ilyushin IL-86https://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/
Toilette on an IL-86 planehttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/Toilette on an IL-86 planehttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

Atlant-Soyuz provided full in-flight service, and offered meals during the trip. Below is what was referred to as a “light dinner”.

Meal on the flight Sochi-Moscowhttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

In the Vnukovo International Airport the plane docked at the new terminal. Very large and modern, but at the time still quite empty.

Moscow Vnukovo Airport, Arrival area of the Terminal Ahttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/
Moscow Vnukovo Airport, Arrival area of the Terminal Ahttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/


General impressions of the flight: Flying from Sochi to Moscow on an IL-86 was quite comfortable. The plane was nice and spacious, with wide aisles and high ceilings. However, the years have taken their toll and all the planes operated by Atlant-Soyuz were in fairly worn condition. In-flight service was pretty basic with no frills, and included food, water and magazines.

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