The final flight of the Tu-134 of the ALROSA Airlines was made on May 22 from Mirny to Novosibirsk. It was the last flight of this model aircraft and a crew of 7 people (aircraft commander, co-pilot, navigator, flight engineer and three flight attendants) on the territory of the Russian Federation. The plane was transferred to the Museum of Aviation History of the Tolmachevo airport.
“The replenishment of the Museum of Aviation History of Tolmachevo Airport with such a legendary aircraft for domestic aviation as the Tu-134B is an important event that will help cherish traditions of the industry,” noted Evgeny Yankilevich, General Director of Tolmachevo Airport JSC. “We thank the management of ALROSA for the confidence we have been shown, and we hope that the partner airlines will continue to contribute to the creation of the fullest possible historical museum on the basis of the Novosibirsk airport.”
Anyone will be able to see the museum exhibit after the necessary technical work and installation of the aircraft on a pedestal.
The Tu-134 with number 65693 has been in operation since May 28, 1980, that is, for 39 years: first in the Mirny airline, and then in ALROSA Airlines from July 2010. It carried passengers across the Siberian region (short-haul flights), performing flights to Yakutsk, Polyarny, Khabarovsk, Irkutsk, Krasnoyarsk, Surgut, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk. It was built at the Kharkov Aviation Plant. The flight time was more than 31 thousand hours and more than 18.5 thousand flights were made. 6 overhauls were carried out during the operation. This aircraft is not just a veteran of the domestic aviation industry, but one of the most reliable. The ALROSA Airlines withdraws the aircraft from service for several reasons: the cost of maintaining and operating this aircraft has become very costly, the airline is updating the fleet of aircraft.
Now, according to the Federal Air Transport Agency, the aircraft of the TU family is operated only by the ALROSA Airlines, which belongs to the diamond holding of the same name. One Tu-134 and Tu-154 aircraft are left in the airline's fleet.
Why does this aircraft require special mention? The Tu-134 at one time became a symbol of Soviet civil aviation. It gained its popularity thanks to its reliability and was one of the most successful projects in the field of passenger aircraft construction in the Soviet Union. It entered the history of Russian civil aviation as the most popular aircraft. In terms of the reliability coefficient, the Tu-134 has proved itself virtually trouble-free.
An interesting fact: from 1998 to 1999 this aircraft was in personal use by the People's Artist of the USSR Alla Pugacheva. At that time, the inscription 'Alla' was displayed on the body of the aircraft.
The Tu-134 became one of the most successful projects in the field of passenger aircraft construction of the Soviet Union, entered the history of Russian civil aviation as the most popular aircraft. A total of 854 such aircraft were built with the capacity of 72 people. This aircraft is considered a veteran of the domestic aviation industry. The first flight took place in 1963, the aircraft were produced for 20 years. Tu-134 was actively sold abroad, mainly in the countries of the former communist block.