To celebrate the release of Sebastian Schmitz’s new book chronicling the history of the East German carrier, we’re sharing one of our favourite chapters – a fascinating look at the role of the Ilyushin Il-62




The Ilyushin Il-62, more than any other type it ever operated, catapulted Interflug into a new league, especially due to the jet's 5,000-mile range, which created new long-haul opportunities for the airline – Asia, the Americas, southern Africa. In some cases these ports were previously served, but with multiple stops or higher fuel burn en route.

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