Russian carrier retires last commercial Tupolev Tu-134B

Russia’s Alrosa Airline flew its final scheduled Tupolev Tu-134B flight on 20 May. It was the last of the type used in Russia for commercial passenger service.

The aircraft carried 70 passengers from Alrosa’s base in Mirny, Yakutia Republic, to Irkutsk in Eastern Siberia.

The Tu-134B, RA-65693, was manufactured in 1980. It will be delivered to the aerospace museum in Novosibirsk.

The airline announced plans to ground the aircraft more than a year ago as the type’s operating costs and fuel consumption was excessive compared to more modern types.

Alrosa is based at Mirny, Yakutia and Moscow Domodedovo International Airport. The airline connects several destinations in Yautia and operates scheduled and charter flights from a number of Russian cities.

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