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11. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 8y

Quoting wotthefiqh

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!!!!

Awesome post.

12. Posted by claireh (Respected Member 318 posts) 8y

I know people that regularly use Aeroflot (like on a weekly basis). On the plus side, they are rarely delayed. However, from what I have heard, t_maia has hit the nail on the head in terms of entertainment at Moscow airports, especially SVO. I haven't had any other complaints about them. Infact, for overnight journeys, I have been told that aircraft they use for some of routes are more comfortable than BA. I get the impression they are one of the better airlines from that part of the world

13. Posted by steed (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y

Quoting wotthefiqh

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!!!!

So you'd recommend them & use them again then !!

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