A four-engined Tu-114 turboprop that has welcomed visitors to the airport for 30 years is being removed. This remarkable aircraft, which entered service with Aeroflot in 1961 and still holds world speed records, has to be moved as part of Domodedevo’s reconstruction. But the aircraft is too dilapidated to be safely taken apart and rebuilt at the airport’s planned new museum, says airport owners The East Line Group.
The full story with pictures of the aircraft being removed can be found on flightglobal.com.
Domodedevo goes from strength to strength. In 2005 it handled 13.9 million passengers, a 15.7% rise over 2004, while growth in the first six months of this year continued at a healthy pace with a 12.5% increase.
This year East Line will invest $180 million in the continuing development of the hub, and as the airport noted our Airport rankings placed it 14th in terms of passenger growth among the world’s top 100 airports.