Here is the special flight of this year. This is the last commercial flight operated by a Tupolev 154 in Europe, and it is with the airline BELAVIA. For this special flight, I was coming from Paris yesterday evening. I slept at the airport, and after a short breakfast I went to wait that the counters open. During this time, I got time to chat et meet some other enthusiasts who came for this special flight.
Before to board on this wonderful Tupolev 154M from BELAVIA, we were able to see an A319 SWISS and a B737-300 LUFTHANSA (which was older that our TU154M).
Now it's time to board on this plane, which make us feeling to be 20 years ago. That makes me a strange feeling cause I haven't been on such plane for a long time. It remind me my childhood, when I was flying to Russia with some exotic airlines such as Pulkovo Airlines, Aeroflot Soviet, Perm Airlines and much more. I stop to talk, and let's observe this nice plane.
The boarding took time because we were many to take picture of the plane. When we enter into the plane the stewardess ask us to be faster… But I have the feeling that it will be not enough to get the plane ready on time. Let go to my seat and meet my neighbors. One is coming from Germany (he made the flight between Warsaw and Minsk last year) and the other guy was from Poland and was coming to enjoy a last time this plane coming from the soviet union.
So like I was thinking, after a long time waiting into a hot cabin, we clearly miss our take off slot. It is really hot inside, the crew offer to passengers some water, and also they open the doors some air to enter into the plane. I took time to walk into the plane, and remind me some old time good souvenirs.
After an hour waiting, the Captain made the announcement "Close to go, please go back to your seats". Few minutes everyone seated, the engines start to run. I forgot was was the starting noise… What a nice music. One's the engines were started, we had the safety demonstration, et the plane start to taxi (with the Water Salute from the fire truck).
Now we are ready to take off, just time to be align on the take off runway, and engine start shout progressively…
We quickly climb, and turn on the left, which allow me to see the Alps. Now we are enroute to Belarus. During the climb the landscape was wonderful, and also we are having a great weather today !!!
After the "seat belt" sign was off I waited a bit before to walk into the plane because many enthusiast were into the aisle, not so easy. But anyway that's not every day that this type of flight happen. When there was less people into the aisle I went to walk into the plane.
Quickly lunch time arrived (Also I understood why there were less people into the aisle). Also the "flight Guide" gave us a paper, the blind auctions, which could allow us to win a model of our today's TU 154. At the end of the flight we would know who win it.
The meal was great, I choose the meat option, and then the crew offer to us some local champagne (which was more cremant). But it was nice for this event. After it was time for tea time. You know there is one thing which surprise me during this flight, was the number of trolleys which were not from BELAVIA onboard.
After this nice moment, the descent to Minsk is starting. I had the surprise that the flight purser came back to me with my certificate that all the crew signed. That was very kind from them, they also offer with my certificates one safety card of today's plane.
But also during this time, the "Flight Guide" was selling some safety cards from BELAVIA (5€ each). And we've got the name of the 3 winners of the blind auctions game to win the model TU154. Congratulation to them !
Soft landing the Belarus ground. Descent was good, many passengers were looking out the porthole or were filming the landing… I understand why. Some videos are available on YouTube. But now it's time to taxi to our parking area, with another Water Salute from the fire trucks.
Before to disembark, I took time to take pictures of the inside of our TU154, and with a little visit of the flight deck. I've insisted a bit, because I was one of the last to enter inside. And then it was time to take pictures of the outside of the plane.
Because I lost my bus to reach the terminal, I've got the opportunity to have a little spotting of some special planes such as AN26 AVIAGENEX, B737-500 BELAVIA & B737-800 BELAVIA and also an EMB190 during refueling.
Welcome in Belarus, then was time for a little photo shooting for the event… Nice meeting this day.
I will end by this nice group picture with our plane as background. It was a great day, which will continue with another flight. Thank you for your reading, and see you next flight !!!
Geneva - GVA
Minsk - MSQ
#CABIN It was a comfortable cabin, which was old, but in mint condition. Seat were really comfortable but despite the little pitch.
#CREW A great crew, there were TOP! There were professional, careful to each enthusiasts, I know that this type of event is sometime difficult to handle (especially in east countries). But the were especially pro-active (at Geneva).
#ENTERTAINMENT The flight was the entertainment !
#MEAL The meal was great with for today's event some local champagne.
Allow me the great grades I gave, but they are coming from my heart, because this flight is meaning a lot of souvenirs for me. I was a wonderful flight !!!
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