Hello, readers, I'm back with another Flight-Report This time it takes place on a 737-200 bound for Khabarovsk (KHV) from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (UUS). This is one of the few 737-200 Reports on this website so I hope you enjoy this rarity!
Aircraft info: RA-73003 (737-200adv) First Flight: 1969 Route: UUS-KHV
I have arrived at the airport for the 7:50 flight to Khabarovsk
My flight will be codeshared by Aeroflot (SU) but operated by Aurora (HZ)
Climbing up a short flight of stairs to access the departure hall
The sky is still slightly dark outside and many of the shops inside the airport are closed
I love it how there are pictures displayed to show the uniqueness of the airport. Believe it or not: This airport is approximately 70 years old!
Waiting for my flight.. pray that there are no delays today!
The branding strategy and design of the Airline Aurora is something which pleases me
The boarding process has begun, we have to board a bus to reach the aircraft
The interior is in good shape and in full glory for this aircraft considering that she is well over 40 years of age!
Reasonable amount of legroom for a flight with a duration of just 1-hour
The sound of the non-hushkitted JT8Ds was music to my ears as we started up, taxied and took to the skies on the last 737-200 Russia
Satisfying view of the sunrise over the Straits of Tartary
The food served on this flight was reasonable and appetizing
Exploring the cabin, along with the ritual of visiting the lavatories and galley
We initiated our rather quick descent into Khabarovsk
The engines idled as we floated over the runway and came in for a smooth landing accompanied with the loud reverse thrust
Taxiing to stand (no jetbridges at this airport)
As we come to a halt, everyone stands up and starts to take their bags out. I just waited and enjoyed the thrill of being in an ancient 737-200
Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk - UUS
Khabarovsk - KHV
This flight was by far the most unique, thrilling and enjoyable out of every single flight I've been on. The departure and arrival were punctual despite Aeroflot (Aurora) being well known for delays. The crew wasn't too keen with me taking photos but they were able to understand my urge. Overall, I enjoyed this flight and I look forward to flying more with this airline. Strongly recommend it!
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