Hi! This is my second flight report, and as i had seen, is the first one of Ural Airlines. This flight is the fourth leg of a Maratonic race from Santiago of Chile to Rostov-on-Don via Sao Paulo-Madrid-Moscow.
Despite that Iberia (the airline that took me to Moscow) with S7 are partner airlines in One World, is very difficult to connect flights from Madrid to Rostov, because always is less than 30 minutes to make connection, and is not the easier as it is in a International-International or domestic-domestic flights. So i bought a ticket with Ural Airlines that offer me less time to wait (4 hours) than the next flight of S7 (7 hours) and arriving at a decent night hour and not in the middle of night. You can imagine that after such long trip the only thing that i wanted was to arrive soon and sleep.
So, the first thing that i did, after receive my bag, was to go to the counter of Ural Airlines to Check it (in Domodedovo russian airlines let you check from 24 hours to 2 hours before flight, so you can stroll around without heavy weight). Then i went outside airport, where you can find some wooden booth, where you can find cheaper food than inside the airport. So if i went to Russia why not better to taste some blinis or sosiskis than a western burger king or Subway. Also it was a good oportunity to get fresh air that i desperately needed after such maratonic trip.
Then i went around to make time, spotting some planes and airlines that are not so common for a guy like me from the southern of the world.
A real institution of Domodedovo this lego-made sculpture, that is a real representation of how we can feel tired when travelling:P
nice counter of Uzbekistan
Qatar Airlines and Ural Airlines in the International Terminal
And in the opposite side, a Jumbo of Transaero, an A320 of Ural Airlines, and a departing A319 of Rossiya
Despite flying to Minsk in Belarus, the flights of Belavia, and other airlines to Minsk departs as domestic flights from Russia
Around 19:30 i went to the airside to wait my flight to Rostov-on-Don. But around 20:15 the hour of boarding start, i read in the screen that i should wait until 20:45 to have news for this flight. This make me thing that would be highly probability that flight would be delayed. I tried to ask to some dispatchers of other flights of Ural to have some news. Sadly. not all airport personel speaks english, so i had to be mix my poor knowledge of russian with gestures to get understanding. But a nice girl, asked by radio and gave me information, that my flight would depart around 10 pm. I had to text my wife to ask her patience because flight would be delayed and that was not my fault.
Domodedovo really looks like a green field with such greenies airplanes of S7
At this moment i desired so much that my plane would be this, but not all in life is as you wish …
A B738 of El Al boarding people to Tel Aviv
Nice pic of Tupolev 204 of Red Wings
Around 21:50 the boarding started, by bus to a remote location, indeed, very remote from terminal.
Then the board was faster and the occupation of the flight was around 70%, that let me take advantage of an empty next seat to give some rest to my legs. The crew aware of the delayed make everything to prepare the cabin faster.
A B767 of Transaero was resting next to us
At 22:20 the flight departed. After 20 minutes the meal service started with a lunch box that included a little portion of salad and a sandwich, a cookie and a glass of water and juice. The flight was calmed and without incident.
Approaching to Rostov-on-Don
At 23.45 the flight landed , and we parked next to a B734 of UTAir. We descended of the plane by stairs (Rostov Airport has no fingers), and then a shuttle bus took us to the terminal. Then we rushed to a little room where we took our bags after a little wait. Luckily before it could mix with the baggage of a flight that arrived from Sheremetyevo after our flight.
Moscow - DME
Rostov-on-Don - ROV
Well despite the incident of the delay, the flight was ok, nothing dissapointment, cheap wasnt meant bad quality. And for time is a good alternative instead of the 6 hours between the flights of S7 to Rostov in the second half of the day. Another interesting experience with Russian Airlines.
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