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does anyone know anything about the Russian Airline Areoflot?

Has anyone flown on Aeroflot? Is it safe ? How is the service? They are quite a bit cheaper but ???
Thanks Jan

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I flew several times by Aeroflot. Unlike US airlines they feed you on their flights within Russia. Is it safe? Well, I made it in one piece. If they are substantially cheaper I would take my chances. Any plane can come down prematurely, see the recent crash of Lufthansa in the French Alps.

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Thanks for your comments. I know stuff happens . I am glad to hear some of you have flown them. We are planning on flying out of LA into Amsterdam then home out of Berlin to LA. We are considering them but would like to hear from more of you. Thanks Jan

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A couple of years ago my stepdaughter took Aeroflot from LA to Rome with a connection in Moscow. It was a cheap flight but she and her mother had an 11 hour connection time in Moscow, and of course, they could not leave the airport without visas. It was a tedious 11 hours. So the upshot was they arrived in Rome completely exhausted and due to time differences, lost a day in Italy. Consider carefully before you book.

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There is a flight connecting through Moscow with 3 and a half hour layover then to Amsterdam. With similar return.it would save us around $900. for the 3 of us. Lots of consideration doing into it. Thanks again.

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I believe they have some of the highest accidents in the world.

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4637 posts

I believe that's not true otherwise FAA would not allow them to enter USA like it happened to several African airlines. However there are some other Russian airlines which have higher rate of accidents than it's comfortable.

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Their current safety rating is 7/7 and their product rating is 4.5/7. See AirlineRatings.com for details.

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Are you planning to fly them for a trip to Russia or for a trip somewhere else in Europe?

I usually choose my flight by route and I'm willing to pay more for a more direct route. I often see that Aeroflot is cheaper, but I've never opted for them on a flight to western Europe as it means a layover in Moscow and more time in transit.

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I flew Aeroflot from JFK to Moscow in 2010. I was concerned, but my sister (living in Moscow at the time) assured me that they were really no different from Delta, the other airline flying this route at the time. She was right. The plane was a nice new Airbus, with a USB charging port at every seat; the clientele was well behaved; the flight attendants were fine; etc.

Again, this was the JFK-SVO route, where they have competition. I assume they consider it a priority route, and use the best planes, flight attendants, etc. I can't comment on their other routes, as I've never flown them.

However, I agree that using them to go anywhere but Russia can get complicated. The airport was being renovated when I was there, so I don't know what it's like now. But as said, without a visa you won't be able to leave the airport.

I would certainly look at Aeroflot if I were going to Moscow; the extra time and layover complications make me less inclined to use it for other destinations, even though the fares certainly are low.

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I am going to be flying from Berlin to St. Petersburg this fall and AEroflot has the best fares -- I will admit that when I think Aeroflot, all I remember is that horrifying crash killing a couple of dozen people when the pilot let his kids pilot the plane and one of them pulled the wrong lever or pushed the wrong button and managed to crash the plane, killing all aboard.

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I appreciate everyone's comments. Especially the ones with the links. I have looked at it and now the pries are up with the rest of the flights. One thing I learned is they are a travel partner with Delta. So that's a good thing along with all I read with a good price and not a long layover we definitely will fly Aeroflot. I guess we keep checking prices until something drops a bit.

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By Brad's irrational logic you wouldn't fly Singapore Airlines.

And in Australia, cars will stop being made in a couple of years because the government is not prepared to keep giving the manufacturers financial assistance (which they receive in many parts of the world).

So we all should stop flying Qantas then?

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Aeroflot today is nothing like the state owned company that flew and crashed in the Soviet Union. I detect a bit of good old anti-Russian prejudice here not backed up by current and relevant facts.

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In light of the unrest in the Ukraine and the probable link between Russia and the Ukrainian separatists who shot down Malaysian Flight 17, I find it difficult to patronize the goods or services from Russia. At this point, I'd not fly with Aeroflot nor book a RS Tour to Russia. If "travel is a political act", then we vote with our travel wallets ...

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According to wikipedia, their current fleet of planes is almost entirely Airbus jets.

A friend of mine flew them recently, said the service was fine and the food was both plentiful and good.

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Yosemite1, there are several charter and low cost airlines in Europe that are much more terrifying than Aeroflot. I remember a couple of flights on Aeroflot several years ago as absolutely comparable to western first tier airlines. I also remember both Domodedovo and Shermetievo airports as places I would not spend my time again unless I absolutely have to, so maybe look for alternatives before committing to a layover in Moscow.