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Alrosa signals end of Tu-134 operations

Russian carrier Alrosa, one of the last operators of Tupolev Tu-134s, is set to halt services with the type next month.

Alrosa has a single Tu-134 registered RA-65693.

The airline indicates that it is preparing for the “upcoming shutdown” of the type, and will conduct “final flights” on 18 and 20 May.

Alrosa will operate the Tu-134 on the Mirny-Irkutsk route.

Cirium’s Fleets Analyzer lists its aircraft as a 1980 airframe originally delivered to Aeroflot. It was subsequently used by operators including Latvia’s Latavio and Russian charter carrier Aviaenergo.

Alrosa is one of a handful of operators still using Tu-134s, and passenger access to scheduled services with the type is becoming increasingly limited.

North Korean flag-carrier Air Koryo and Syrian Arab Airlines are still formally listed by Cirium as having Tu-134s, while Russia’s space agency-linked Kosmos Air also uses them.

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