Moscow - Alrosa, Moscow-based Russian charter carrier is one of the last airlines to use Tupolev Tu-134 and Tu-154 regularly. Now the end of the Soviet era aircraft is foreseeable.

Alraso decided to pull its last Tu-134 from the service next year sometime between May and September

For almost 38 years, the Tupolev Tu-134 flies through the world. It had been first delivered in 1980 to the state company Aeroflot. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, it was on several airlines in use, most recently with the airline Alrosa in Siberia.

However, the aircraft won't see its 40th birthday, because its owner has decided to pull its last Tu-134 from the service next year sometime between May and September announced, Andrey Gulov, the Alrosa boss.

The Tu-134 just does not pay any more. The maintenance of the aircraft is insanely expensive and difficult, added Gulov. "There are hardly any spare parts and maintenance companies," he also explains. By the end of 2017, however, the plane will still be in regular service, flying from the base Mirny to Irkutsk, Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk, and Yakutsk.

The Tupolev Tu-134 was built from 1966 to 1989 a total of 854 times.

Alrosa has increasingly switched its fleet to Boeing 737-800s in recent months. The two remaining around 27-year-old Tu-154 should also be replaced by this type. The airline serves 13 destinations in Russia and one in the Crimea.

The Tupolev Tu-134 was built from 1966 to 1989 a total of 854 times. With a capacity of 76 passengers, the aircraft can reach a speed of 750 to 850 kilometers per hour. Besides Alrosa, only North Korea's Air Koryo flies regularly with Tu-134.

Alrosa Tupolev Tu-134

Alrosa Tupolev Tu-134