Tupolev's Tu-134 says goodbye to the skies


Mirny, Russia - The Russian airline operator Alrosa Airlines carried out the last commercial flight with the last Tupolev 134 in commercial use in Russia.

The little-known Alrosa Airlines from Siberia made history on May 22 with the last commercial flight of a Russian-made Tupolev Tu-134.

The aircraft is one of the first commercial jets in the civil aviation history. It made its first flight in 1963. Tu-134 was the backbone of the Aeroflot’s domestic fleet with a capacity of 70 to 100 seats.

Russian manufacturer Tupolev produced 854 copies and 600 of them served with the Soviet flag carrier Aeroflot.

Alrosa Airlines became the last airline to operate the last commercial flight of the aircraft. Yesterday, the Russian carrier transported the last passengers of the Tupolev 134 from Mirny in Yakutia to Irkutsk in East Siberia.

The aircraft registered RA-65693 was built in 1980 and will now be sent to an aircraft museum in Novosibirsk.

An Aeroflot Tupolev 134 from Soviet era