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Old 01-12-2014, 04:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My most recent foray into a new area for collecting has been Russian aviation. I managed to find a new small space for a Russian only shelf and started to investigate the happenings of the industry over there.

As is well known the Soviet breakup and liberalisation led to a wealth of new startup airlines often born out of the old Aeroflot directorates. Many of these were rather poorly run outfits, which didn't improve safety records, however throughout the 90s and early 2000s there was a boon for spotters with classic Russian Tupolevs and Ilyushins appearing in a wide range of colourful schemes.

Aeroflot obviously remained a major player but focused primarily on international routes in the 90s. Other airlines like Transaero, Vnukovo, Pulkovo, Sibair, Kras Air, Dalavia, Perm Airlines, Atlant Soyuz, Domodedovo filled the void.

By the early 2000s consolidation was occurring with S7 (ex-Sibir) and Kras Air's AirUnion grouping being the two major independent players alongside Aeroflot. The 2006 financial crisis killed of AirUnion and several other players but even today there is still a diverse range of major carriers most notably:

  • Aeroflot
  • Rossiya
  • S7
  • UT Air
  • Ural Airlines
  • Transaero
  • Yakutia
Sadly there are few Russian airliners in service nowadays and its all the usual mix of Boeings and Airbus twinjets. Here are several graphics I've done (in Excel) showing the movements in the industry with all the major players:


Aeroflot & Allies by rstretton, on Flickr


Sibair / S7 & AirUnion by rstretton, on Flickr


Independents by rstretton, on Flickr


Independents by rstretton, on Flickr

In my collection I'm really only interested in Russian types and thanks to Waffle's recent Phoenix sale in only a few months this shelf is already near bursting! On the backboard I've tried to represent as many of the new airlines as possible plus my Soviet error Aeroflots.

Airlines in attendance are: Aeroflot, Aeroflot Don, Transaero, Domodedovo Airlines, Rossiya, Atlant Soyuz, Yakutia Airlines and Volga Dnepr.

Here's the current shelf:


Russian Airliners January 2014 by rstretton, on Flickr


Russian Airliners January 2014 by rstretton, on Flickr


Russian Airliners January 2014 by rstretton, on Flickr


Russian Airliners January 2014 by rstretton, on Flickr

I've just picked up the East Line IL-76 and look forward to getting several of the existing JC Wings IL-86s. In the future I'd appreciate seeing some more diverse and interesting airlines - shame that Gemini are the only ones with the IL-62 / IL-86 moulds and Phoenix don't release many TU-154s.
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Old 01-12-2014, 05:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I think I love the history charts you made, but I'll love them even more once I fully understand all the information you are showing there. Does the red bar indicate when the airline stopped operating? what do the multiple olive-coloured bars mean?
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Отлично! I hope to see more Russian releases soon!
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Very nice Russian collection Richard!

And nice display as always!
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I think I love the history charts you made, but I'll love them even more once I fully understand all the information you are showing there. Does the red bar indicate when the airline stopped operating? what do the multiple olive-coloured bars mean?
Hi sorry should have said. Yes red indicates the end of operations. The long green bars indicate a merger of ownership though not actual operations. For example:

  • The AirUnion group was started in 2005 (initially called Air Bridge I think) and encapsulated all those airlines with Kras Air as the senior partner. Operations of the carriers continued largely unaffected but they gradually started streamlining their ops together and rebranding as AirUnion.
  • Aeroflot tookover all those airlines in 2011 (though Saratov has subsequently become independent again) and KMV was dis-established. Since I did this Vladivostock Avia and SAT have been merged to form Aurora.
  • VIM tookover AeroBratsk and East Line in 2004 but they continued to operate.

The smaller green bars indicate the start of operations or a name change.
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Love your display! Very well done. Looking forward to see more photos.
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I do have to say, even though it is a small window to the over 400 "Babyflots" created after the collapse of the USSR, it really shows how quickly it has, and still is consolidating.
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Excellent post, great to see so many other 1:400 collectors into Russian Aviation. Recent releases have been good with many Aeroflots among others, lets hope this trend continues- there's plenty of Russian liveries and airlines yet to be done in 1:400 so I think it will be exciting not only to see changes in the Industry over the next few years but also new and innovative releases for collectors.

What are some of your favorite Russian Airlines or liveries?
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Thank you for a very interesting and informative material.
I want to make an amendment about airlines DonAvia.

On September 25, 2009 "Aeroflot-Don" changes to "DonAvia"
Airline "Donavia" operates scheduled and charter air transportation of passengers and goods in the cities of Russia and Foreign countries from the airports of Rostov-on-Don, Moscow, Sochi and Mineral Waters.

state fleet today:
The current fleet - a total of 11 units.
Airbus 319 9 units.
Boeing 737-400 2 units.
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I beg your pardon. Excess post. I ask the moderators to delete
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What an interesting post, I really enjoyed it.

I'm also very intrigued by Russian aviation. I have the Yakutia Tupolev and the Domodedovo IL96.
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Great Job with the graphics.

Imagin how many nice models we could collect if we got the long time overdue TU-134 and TU-204 in 1:400...
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My most recent addition to the Russian fleet is the East Line IL-76 RA-76817 just released by Aeroclassics.

East Line was formed in November 1995 and based itself at Moscow Domodedovo operating both passenger and cargo services. The IL-76 formed the most prolific type in the fleet with over 20 being operated at one time or another. This aircraft was built in 1992 and first operated with Liana before joining Transaero-Samara in 1995, and then Samara Airlines in 1998. She joined East Line by 2000 but East Line itself was taken over in 2004 and renamed Russian Sky. Only a year later it was sold to VIM and ceased to exist. 76817 went to Atlant Soyuz and was then sold on to Abakan Avia in 2008/9. They operate cargo services within Russia from Abakan and also for the UN from a base in Sudan.


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Thanks for posting that info! Very interesting!!
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