Russian Ministry of Transportation announced today new rules which are intended to improve air-travel safety in Russia. Igor Levitin, Russian minister of transportation, said that all Russian airline companies will have to replace all their Tu-134 and Tu-154 airplanes. Around 270 of these planes are operating in Russia today. It is expected that many of these planes will be replaces by new Sukhoi SuperJet 100 (formerly known as Russian Regional Jet or RRJ) which is expected to be approved for commercial use soon, and by regional Airbus jets. Among other rules is increased training time required for pilots and mandatory installation of training simulators in Russian Federation for any airplane that will be certified to fly in Russia.


This is great news. I’m 185 cm tall, and my legs simply don’t fit between my chair and the one in front on both of these planes, and I’m glad they’re finally doing something about it :)


  1. 1
    Timothy Post
    February 18th, 2007 at 14:36

    Do you think they can get Airbus to design the seats so that they fold down completely like they do on the TUs? : )

  2. 2
    February 18th, 2007 at 21:40

    lol! yeah, that actually gives a lot of room… when you are ready to leave the plane :)

    I just don’t want to have to sit with my knee up to my chin for two-three hour flights :)

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