But I'm running ahead of myself. UTair flights to Krasnoyarsk leave from Terminal A of Moscow's Vnukovo Airport. The airport is described in detail in my Red Wings review. I won't repeat myself here. I will add that UTair flights to Krasnoyarsk depart from Moscow at night, at 8:55 PM, and arrive in Krasnoyarsk at 6:00 AM. By the way, this company used to have 2 flights to Krasnoyarsk a day. Starting last year, they've reduced that to only one, but on the bright side, this takes place aboard the new Boeing 737-800.
Departure area for domestic flights in Vnukovo's Terminal A:
We boarded by jet bridge.
Towards the front of the plane were 8 business-class seats. These were upholstered with gold leather. A bold statement, to say the least.
Next was premium economy class (these feature a little more leg room) and regular economy. All of the upholstery was leather, this time burgundy.
I'm not entirely sure why UTair opted for gold and burgundy, as these are not their official colors. Perhaps they're planning to re-brand soon?
During boarding, each seat was already provided with a blanket. A nice touch. There have been quite a few times when I've been on long flights like this where there weren't enough to go around.
All in all, the cabin was very pleasant. All the colors were still bright and everything smelled new.
The restroom was likewise spotless.
The personal vents and reading lights were unusual: they were arranged in a kind of low-profile "nano-style".
The most noticeable part of the new interior were the compact baggage shelves. Those who have often flown on Boeings will remember how the old ones jut way out into the cabin, eliminating any headroom and creating a rather claustrophobic feeling. The new design first appeared on the Boeing 777 series.
At first glance, the baggage shelves look less spacious than before. However, they look quite roomy when open. I couldn't tell you if they're actually smaller than the old shelves or not.
The lighting system in the new Boeing interior is quite pleasant. At different times the lights would change color, from white (brightest mode), to pink (subdued mode), to blue (nighttime). When the lighting switches, the lamps dim slowly, like in a movie theater.
UTair's service is pretty basic. I would say typical for the majority of Russian airlines: flight magazine and newspaper, meals and refreshments.
The meals include several choices of hot food: chicken with rice, fish with rice, and sausage with pasta.
On the return flight (Krasnoyarsk to Moscow) the meals were about the same:
We landed in the Krasnoyarsk Yemelyanovo Airport 4 hours later.
Baggage claim area in Yemelyanovo:
After 2 weeks, it was time for the return flight. Departure from Krasnoyarsk was at 7:25 AM, arrival in Vnukovo at 8:30 AM.
Check in at the Krasnoyarsk airport:
Flying over the boundless swamps of Western Siberia.
5 hours later, we arrived at Vnukovo. This is us taxiing past passenger Terminal A.
We disembarked via jet bridge.
Around halfway down the middle of the terminal, there was a passage to the transfer area. Passengers with layovers in Vnukovo turned left here. Everyone else continued straight.
Baggage claim at the Vnukovo Airport.
The terminal building (Terminal A) and a multilevel parking lot on the side facing the commuter train station.
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