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Moscow airport bans Soviet-era planes

Published time: October 29, 2010 14:51
Edited time: October 29, 2010 14:51

The city's third-largest airport is turning its back on some Soviet legends of the skies.

Vnukovo is to ban Tupolev 134 and 154-B aircraft from its runways starting next spring. It will also bar the Ilyushin 86 – a real flying monster.

Airport authorities say the Soviet-era planes are all far too noisy and disturb local residents. Europe agrees: it has banned the three models from its airspace since 2002.

Vnukovo is now negotiating with the air carriers that still use the old airplanes to buy new planes.The decision, however, will not have much impact on passenger flights as most of these are served by modern Boeings and Airbuses.

Russia's Federal aviation body said it may soon join in, banning Tupolev 134 and 154-B planes from flying at night.