Soviet Send Off

Another classic Soviet-era airliner bowed out of scheduled passenger service when Belavia operated its final flights with the Tupolev Tu-154. Henry Tenby provides a personal account of the occasion.

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October 9 marked the last scheduled passenger service by a Tupolev Tu-154, when Belavia flew its remaining operational example from Minsk to St Petersburg and back.
AIRTEAMIMAGES.COM/ JAN OSTROWSKI
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The honour of the final flight went to Tu-154M EW-85741 (c/n 91A896).
AIRTEAMIMAGES.COM/ ALEXANDER MISHIN

For fans of Russian aviation, October 9 marked a major milestone with the last scheduled flight of a Tupolev Tu-154, bringing an end to 44 years of service for the classic tri-jet.

The final flights were flown by Belarusian national airline Belavia on its Minsk-St Petersburg route, using the carrier’s last operational Tu-154M, EW-85741 (c/n 91A896).

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