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1. Posted by joa (Budding Member 10 posts) 9y

I going on a trip to Asia with Aeroflot and I'm a bit curious. What's the planes like, the entertainment on the plane, and so on.

2. Posted by Peter (Admin 5807 posts) 9y

I've had a couple of flights with them. Or at least 1 - can't quite remember if the return trip was on Aeroflot or not. I remember particularly horrible food and being stuck on the tarmac for an hour without air conditioning!! I swear, the reason we were all sick the next few days was the stifling heat inside that plane. Entertainment consisted of Mr Bean re-runs, which failed to impress the crowd. I would happily pay double not to be stuck on one of their planes again ..

I wish you luck - they have a rather poor reputation

3. Posted by t_penguin (Budding Member 21 posts) 9y

had a mate that flew with them once..... people were smoking all over the place and the seats were loose..... but dont let that put you off!

4. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 9y

From the site http://www.sleepinginairports.net/:

Airports you would rather pay to avoid flying through/from:

1. Moscow

If you are flying with Aeroflot, you will be flying through Moscow. Take a good look at the reviews at the site mentioned above and you'll quickly realise why this is bad.

Aeroflot is Russia at its worst. Russian expats tend to fly with a foreign airline and take the train to get to their final destination. Go figure.

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 25, 2007, at 9:25 AM by t_maia ]

5. Posted by joa (Budding Member 10 posts) 9y

Thanks for the warnings. I think I will bring some food on my own just to be safe, and something to read. :)

6. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 9y

Quoting joa

I going on a trip to Asia with Aeroflot and I'm a bit curious. What's the planes like, the entertainment on the plane, and so on.

I expect Aeroflop (it's backpacking nickname in the eighties) has changed since I flew them from Bangkok to London via Moscow in 1984.
Back in those days the seats were loosely bolted to the floor so that the planes could be quickly converted for military use, which was a bit disconcerting when we took off at a steep angle and everyone's row of seats dropped back an inch.
When you sat down your bum almost touched the floor.
The no-smoking sign had been off for 10 minutes when I tried to light up (ex-smoker now) and the stewardess, an Olympian wrestler for sure, screamed at me 'You vill not smoke'.
No entertainment (movies/headsets, etc) whatsoever. The food was always chicken and you could only buy alcohol with capitalist imperialist currency (USD preferred of course, and they wouldn't accept baht in a fit).
Stopped in Mumbai (Bombay) in transit (a disgusting airport back then) then off to the workers paradise.
Flying through a huge storm (over the Hindu Kush I think) and I have never been on a plane going in 3 directions at the same time (up and down, side to side horizontally and yawing at great angles).
The English guy next to me had bought both of us large bottles of vodka (had to pay the Eastender twice the value in baht!!!) and we skulled them in the sure realisation that our number was up.
Got through the storm but had to stop somewhere in southern Russia to refuel. Was told to put our window screens down and that the penalty for opening them and looking outside would be immediate arrest for espionage. Probably an airforce base.
Being kept in transit for 14 hours in a 4 star Sheremetyevo airport hotel (think delapidated youth hostel) guarded by machinegun-toting KGB border guards (blue epaulettes) was an experience never to be repeated.
Apart from that, the flight was an absolute ball!!!!

7. Posted by irraja (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

The planes are, well... interesting. I sat next to the emergency exit, which was making a very strange noise. Got served vodka in a milk glass though (no joke), so I was smiling again in no time :)

8. Posted by katz (Budding Member 26 posts) 9y

I was a bit scared as heard all the stories - interesting experince - russian musical movie with no subtitles and the seats were a bit lumpy and food wasnt amazing (is plane food ever) but we arrived to moscow in one piece!

9. Posted by kombizz (Full Member 1416 posts) 9y

That was one of my first and last experiment I had with them.
May I ask you why you would like to choose this airline rather than many advanced airline like KLM or

10. Posted by joa (Budding Member 10 posts) 9y

Hi guys. It all went well. I wasn't prepared for the planes not having any entertainment at all(no movies and no music), but I got where I wanted and back again. :)