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Tashkent-Samarkand with Uzbekistan Airways

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 airporthttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

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 airporthttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/
Boarding pass of Uzbekistan airwayshttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

The waiting area was full since there were 3 flights departing at once (to Termez, Urgench and Samarkand).
Tashkent Yuzhny airporthttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

Boarding began. Our flight had no more than about 10-15 passengers onboard, so it went quickly.
Tashkent Yuzhny airporthttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

We were taken to the plane by shuttle.
Tashkent Yuzhny airporthttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

Ilyushin IL-114 on the airfield:
Il-114 of Uzbekistan Airwayshttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

Airbus A320 of Uzbekistan Airways:
Airbus A320 of Uzbekistan Airwayshttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

Our plane, an older A310:
Airbus A310-300 of Uzbekistan Airwayshttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/
Airbus A310-300 of Uzbekistan Airwayshttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

After 5 minutes on the shuttle we arrived at the plane and made our way up the ramp.
Airbus A310-300 of Uzbekistan Airwayshttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/
Airbus A310-300 of Uzbekistan Airwayshttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

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 Airwayshttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

Business class
Passenger cabin of Airbus A310-300 of Uzbekistan Airwayshttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

Economy class… empty
Passenger cabin of Airbus A310-300 of Uzbekistan Airwayshttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

Right next to us, a Silk Road A300 cargo jet.
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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 airwayshttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/
Inflight magazine of of Uzbekistan airwayshttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/
Inflight magazine of of Uzbekistan airwayshttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/
Timetable of of Uzbekistan airwayshttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

The leg room: ample but correct but not as generous as that on the 757.
Seats in an Airbus A310-300 of Uzbekistan Airwayshttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

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 Airwayshttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

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 Airwayshttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/
Passenger cabin of Airbus A310-300 of Uzbekistan Airwayshttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

One of the screens in the cabin was missing.
Passenger cabin of Airbus A310-300 of Uzbekistan Airwayshttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

A bit of pre-flight spotting

Avro RJ:
Avro RJ of Uzbekistan Airwayshttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

The fleet of the Ilyushin IL-76 frighters:
Il-76 of Uzbekistan Airwayshttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

The empty cabin… at this time there were 10 passengers on board.
Seats in an Airbus A310-300 of Uzbekistan Airwayshttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

Finally, takeoff
Tashkent-Samarkand flighthttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

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 Airwayshttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/
Passenger cabin of Airbus A310-300 of Uzbekistan Airwayshttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

Here are the restrooms, quite clean.
Restroom of Airbus A310-300 of Uzbekistan Airwayshttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

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.
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Quite soon, we were descending… We hadn't received any drinks after the first round. You win some, you lose some, I guess.
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Flying over Uzbekistanhttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/
Flying over Uzbekistanhttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

Oh yes, the winglet (important)
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The landing
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Welcome to Samarkand
Samarkand airporthttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

We disembarked very quickly. The flight attendant who saw us out was very cheerful.
Airbus A310-300 of Uzbekistan Airwayshttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

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 Airwayshttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

A final farewell to this lovely airplane
Airbus A310-300 of Uzbekistan Airwayshttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/
Airbus A310-300 of Uzbekistan Airwayshttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

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 Mosquehttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

The legendary registan
Sights of Samarkand: the legendary registanhttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

And finally the Shar-i-Zinda necropolis which houses the mausoleum of Prophet Mohammed's cousin.
Sights of Samarkand: Shar-i-Zinda necropolishttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/


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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About airline "Uzbekistan Airways"

About aircraft "Airbus A310"

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About airport "Tashkent Islam Karimov"


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